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Brazilian Red Cloak
Scientific Name: Megaskepasma erythrochlamys Lindau
Synonym:
Family: Acanthaceae
Brazilian Red Cloak (Megaskepasma  erythrochlamys) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Semi tender, needs protection on coldest nights

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Venezuela

Growth Habits: Semiwoody shrub to 15 feet tall (4.5 m), 10 feet spread (3 m)

Watering Needs: Regular water, keep soil moist but well drained

Propagation: Semihardwood cuttings in summer.


The Brazilian Red Cloak is a very showy shrub. It is fast growing and blooms during the winter.

Cultural Practices:
Use mulch to keep the soil moist. The red cloak is occasionally attacked by mealy bugs and scales. Check for them. Deadheading the spent flower branches helps controlling the size and keep the red cloak cleaner looking.
Feed occasionally with fertilizer for acid-loving plants.

Blooming Habits:
Blooms from fall to spring.


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