This is easily one of the most attractive examples in the Pereskia group. Produces slightly succulent leaves leaves, and can easily grow to above four metres.
Its origin is Central America, particularly Panama and Colombia. But generally, can be found growing around the Caribbean countries, and as far south as Brazil.
Although it can stand temperatures around 10 C, to grow and bloom adequately a higher temperature of around 18 C or more, is required. The blooms are absolutely stunning, almost orange red in appearance and around six cm in diameter.
Later, they produce unusual green to yellow fruits which are quite unusual, and offer seeds for propagation. Like all members of the pereskia group, cuttings can be used for propagation.
The Pereskia is named after the French astronomer, Nicolas Claude Fabri de Peiresc (1580-1637).