23 May

Brownea coccinea, the Rose of Venezuela

Brownea is a genus of flowering trees and shrubs from tropical climates of Africa and Asia. Belonging to the bean family, the plants in this genus feature rich and showy flowers, ornamental foliage and quick growing habit. Most plants in this genus prefer sunny exposure and moist soil for healthy growth.

The most popular plant from this genus of lovely bloomers is Brownea coccinea. It is an evergreen plant that grows into a small spreading tree and produces nice foliage. It prefers warm and a little humid climate to grow though it is capable of surviving brief spells of drought and dry conditions. Grown from seeds or cuttings, Brownea coccinea produces drooping branches, fresh-green leaves and clusters of showy, red flowers in spring. It is also known as Rose of Venezuela.

Brownea coccinea, the Rose of Venezulea

Brownea coccinea, the Rose of Venezulea

Another popular plant from this genus is Brownea grandiceps, which grows as a small evergreen tree and abundance of red flowers in early spring till mid-summer.

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