This flowering shrub, ranging from one-half the 3 meters high (about 20 inches to 10 feet) is called a cruz de Malta, or flor de fuego, or jazmin rojo. Its scientific name is ixora coccinea.
We have these shrubs in the garden of our Langosta condo. This shrub is known to provide a good habitat for butterflies, and we do indeed have lots of butterflies around the garden.
There are two types of Ixora that are native to Costa Rica, but this type of plant is native to India, but widely cultivated from Mexico to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, the West Indies, Africa, South Asia and some Pacific Islands.
On our Viva la Voyage travel photo site this week we are showing photos from a recent visit of mine to the Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California. Come take a look at the Victorian charm and ideal beach weather.