The Attractive Ixora Garden Plants
Ixora plants are tropical to semi-tropical shrubs, native to South Asia, and are commonly grown as garden plants. These garden plants grow in USDA zones 10 and 11, preferring tropical to subtropical climate conditions. Nurseries and garden stores in tropical areas usually carry at least one cultivar of Ixora, and they can also order specialty plants by request. Depending on the cultivar, Ixora garden plants can be shrub-like to tree-like, with oval, leathery leaves which are glossy and dark green when the plant is healthy, although some cultivars have variegated foliage. The flowers grow in small clusters, and come in an array of colors including red, pink, and orange. Some common names for Ixora include: Flame of the Woods, West Indian Jasmine, and Jungle Flame, referencing the vivid colors on the flowers.
These garden plants like acidic soil, preferring a pH around 5. In more alkaline soils, they will require careful management, and they can develop nutritional deficiencies which will cause yellow spotting to appear on the leaves. Ixoras grow best in full sun as long as they have some shade during the hottest part of the day, and they will bloom year round, with flower production peaking in the warm months of the year. The plants like to be watered regularly, but not kept wet. This relative of gardenias and coffee can be used in a number of ways in the garden. Some people like Ixora for borders and hedges, while others grow the plants massed in a flower bed, or cultivate standalone shrubs as specimen plants.