Description: E. australis is an evergreen flowering plant native to Central America and now naturalized in many parts of the world. It is grown ornamentally for its striking geometrical appearance and brightly coloured flowers.
Size: The plants vary greatly in size depending on the sunlight it receives and the room it has to grow. Single flower heads generally reach a diameter of 9 - 15 cm.
A young flower head.
Conditions: E. australis prefers hot, sunny conditions and thrives best in fairly dry and sandy soils, as it stores moisture in its thick, fleshy leaves.
A plant living inside, stretching for the sun.
Propagation: This plant is usually propagated by cuttings or off-shoots as well as through the seed produced by the flowers. Through its lifetime, a singular plant will produce many different off-shoots one can use to propagate elsewhere in the garden.
Detailed view of the flower.
When to plant: Being an evergreen and a rather sturdy plant in general, it can be planted at any time in the right climate and conditions.