Ixora, another most common flowering shrub seen Singapore, related to the gardenia and coffee plants. Ixora is said to be native to Asia and whose name derives from an Indian deity. Common names include Flame of the Woods, Jungle Flame, Jungle Geranium, Siantan, Bunga Soka [Indonesian], pechah priok [Malay]


Ixora coccinea Orange

The plants possess leathery leaves, ranging from 3 to 6 inches in length, and produce large clusters of tiny flowers. Flowers come in many colors: Red, Pink, Dark Pink, Orange, Yellow, White. Certain types of Ixora cultivated as cut flowers. Ixora coccinea is a very good hedge material for its small dark green foliage. Ixora odorata from Madagascar produces blooms with wonderful lingering scent. Almost all ixoras do best in full sun and well drained acid soil.


Ixora coccinea Yellow


Ixora odorata: Fragrant Ixora, attracts bees, butterflies, birds. Flowers are fragrant.

Red Ixora

Photos: Various parks and gardens in Singapore, 2012


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