Ixora is an evergreen shrub, native to Asia, that is well suited to our subtropical climate in Houston. The plant produces clusters of small individual flowers. Available in multiple varieties, Ixora coccinia is also referred to by some sources as “the Flame of the Woods” due to the vibrant colors of the flowers which range from orange, red, pink, yellow and white.
If you are thinking about adding an ixora plant to your yard, it will tolerate partial shade; however, the flower clusters will produce the most blooms if it is located in the full sun. It grows best in well drained soil that is slightly acidic. Make sure that the plant is mulched and applying a fertilizer formulated for gardenias (gardenias and ixora are related) and azaleas.
The Ixora is a fairly low maintenance plant. Mulch around the plant should help keep down the pests. Occasionally, a black sooty mold may appear. This can be remedied by washing the leaves with an insecticidal soap.
Among the varieties of ixora are both dwarf (under 3 feet) to full size plants which can group up to 12 feet. The larger varieties are well suited for foundation plantings. The smaller varieties can be used in containers and are perfect for planting next to patios and pools.