Sanchezia spp. – Sanchezia

Sanchezia sp. - Sanchezia (yellow flowers)

Sanchezia sp. - Sanchezia

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Sanchezia spp.

Common Name: Sanchezia

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial, Evergreen

Growth Habit: Shrub

Hawaii Native Status: Introduced. These naturalized ornamental garden plants are native to the South American tropics.

Flower Color: Yellow, Orange

Height: To 10 feet (3 m) tall or more

Description: The flowers are in small clusters on slender flower spikes at the stem tips. Each flower cluster has a red bract at its base. The individual flowers are yellow or orange in color, tubular, 5-lobed, and have orange sepals. The flowers are only rarely followed by seed capsules. The attractive leaves are green with prominent white to yellow veins, opposite, faintly scalloped to shallowly toothed, and oval to lance-shaped.

Two similar Sanchezia species are found here in Hawaii, Sanchezia parvibracteata and Sanchezia speciosa (often misidentified as Sanchezia nobilis here).

Here in Hawaii, Sanchezia is cultivated and also grows wild in shady, wet to mesic (moderately wet) areas at lower elevations.


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Scrophulariales
Family: Acanthaceae – Acanthus family
Genus: Sanchezia Ruiz & Pav. – sanchezia