Florida flowers: The unique crossandra/Florida Sunset

I saw these crossandra flowers several weeks ago in a park near where I live. The bright orange color caught my eye. I took some photos but thought that perhaps the blossoms were in the process of dying.

JoAnn Ryan – Orlando, FL

I went back a few days ago and it had the same wilty-looking petals. I realized this was just the normal composition of the flower. It had just rained and the sky was still overcast when I took these photos. I think that explains the difference in color. The second two photos were from that previous visit. It was sunny that day and close to evening.

JoAnn Ryan – Orlando, FL

This deep orange variety of crossandra is called “Florida Sunset” or sometimes “Orange Marmalade.” The common names are usually so much better. The crossandra flower is native to India and Sri Lanka.

The University of Florida has a great info page about the crossandra:

http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/ornamentals/crossandra.html

JoAnn Ryan – Orlando, FL
JoAnn Ryan – Orlando, FL
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