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Grow this underused and underappreciated tropical plant and you're sure to get lots of questions -- and compliments! It's a great performer in hot, sunny spots. It produces clusters of frilly orange or yellow flowers all season and shiny, dark green leaves. When frost threatens, you can bring it indoors and grow it as a houseplant, too, where it will flower on and off all year if it gets enough light.
Accent crossandra's tropical colors with bright yellow or orange marigolds.Pentas
Another heat- and humidity-tolerant plant, pentas pairs perfectly with crossandra.Zinnia
Give crossandra a color boost by planting it with brightly colored zinnias.