The genus Sanchezia is made up of a few dozen species of evergreen shrubs or shrubby perennials from the tropical rainforests of Central and South America. Simple leaves are borne in opposite pairs. Some species are grown for their foliage, which may be distinctively marked. The tubular flowers may be yellow, orange, red, or purple and are arranged in spikes or panicles.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsTropical plants with large flowers and sometimes colorful leaves.
CareIn the garden, grow in moderately fertile, organically rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun with shade at midday, or in dappled shade. Indoors, grow in bright filtered or full light with shade from hot sun. Water sparingly in winter.
PropagationUsing gentle bottom heat, root softwood cuttings in spring or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
ProblemsSpider mites and scale insects may attack plants.