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Schaueria sp. Lime Puff
Lime Puff Flower, White-Flowered Golden Plume
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A very different tropical plant with large bright yellow feather duster heads from which protrude white shrimp-like flowers. The shiny dark green foliage is narrow and lance-shaped. Grows 3 to 4 feet high in full sun in warm humid locations or bright shade elsewhere. It has a shrub-like habit and is best to prune occasionally to keep compact. Blooms all year in a tropical climate or warm greenhouse. Probably will not take any frost, so give winter protection. A real eye catcher that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Can be used as a cut flower and in Hawaii for making an unusual lei, where the common name is "Lime Puff". Its botanical name is quite confused. It is being listed by many as Schaueria flavicoma from Brazil. But S. flavicoma (proper name: S. calycotricha) has broad leaves, prefers shade, and has creamy yellow flowers - a very different plant. So, we are listing it as an unknown species, although it could be an unlikely hybrid. Probably native to Central or South America.
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