The Basics The leaves are held opposite each other on mostly spiny stems and are lance-shaped to oblong. Brilliantly hued blooms are produced at the ends of the branches singly or in clusters throughout the summer. Many orange-red, crinkled petals are held close together in a vase-shaped, fleshy, almost woody, fused group of outer petals. Fruits are round and flattened on the ends with prominent remains of the flower at the bottom and are yellow to pink to red. The fruit skin is hard and leathery surrounding many seeds which are coated in juicy, ruby-tinted sacs.
The Needs Amount of Sunlight: Full sun / Partial Sun Amount of Water: Water regularly Soil Conditions: Well drained, Salt Tolerant Cold Hardiness Zone: 7-10
The Care An easy to grow plant, this fruit or ornamental will tolerate most soils with ample drainage. They even tolerate rocky, poor locations and are salt tolerant. Full sun is best for good growth and flowering. Fertilize regularly with a balanced product and regular irrigation, when in growth, is necessary for flower production, though the plants are drought tolerant once established. The flowers are usually self-pollinating, often visited by insects and bloom on new wood. Prune just before growth starts in the spring.