Brazilian Red Cloak

Megaskepasma erythrochlamys

Synonyms: Red Justica.

Brazilian Red Cloak is an attractive and versatile plant, suitable for use as a screen or background plant in full sun or shaded positions. Its large mid-green leaves provide a year-round tropical look and feel. Neat growing, forms a dense screen with minimal pruning.

Although it does grow tall, its herbaceous nature makes it easy to constrain the size. Brazilian Red Cloak is a vigorous grower, so prune it as hard as you like! Its red flowers appear sporadically through the year, but mainly at the end of summer through into autumn.

One of the best screening options for a shaded spot, this plant handles low-light conditions well. In fact, some prefer its appearance in shade as the leaves turn a deeper shade of green. Unsuitable for topiary as the growth is far too coarse.

Applications

  • Hedging
  • Screening
  • Pots & Tubs
  • Tropical Gardens
  • Balinese Gardens
  • Specimen/Feature
  • Shaded areas

Care

Prune lightly and regularly to encourage dense growth. Untrimmed plants will become leggy and unattractive. Can grow in full sun but often looks a nicer shade of green in part sun. Does best in rich, well-drained soil. Won’t tolerate waterlogged soils. Use quality fertilizer such as Troforte or Organic Link several times a year for strong and vigorous growth.

Features

  • Large, mid-green leaves

  • Spectacular bright red flowers

  • Tropical or balinese look

  • Tolerant of wide variety of growing conditions

  • Can be kept small with pruning

  • Low maintenance, low mess


Size

Height: 3-4m
Width: 2-3m

Light

Full sun to full shade

Watering

Moderate watering.

Growth Rate

Fast if in good conditions.
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