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Kaka Beak in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Clianthus maximus

 

Kaka Beak

Clianthus puniceus - Red Lobster Claw - is an evergreen climber with 6in pinnate leaves with 13 - 25 leaflets. The flowers are bright and shaped like a lobster's claw - hence the common name. The plant can tolerate a little frost in a sheltered location, and can partially lose its leaves with no long term ill effect. However, in more frost-prone areas, it is best grown indoors or in the greenhouse. Clianthus maximus is a large Red Lobster Claw - bigger plant, bigger flowers and "biggger" colour!

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plant Features
  • Kaka Beak likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Kaka Beak likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Kaka Beak is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Kaka Beak likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
plant information

Common name

Kaka Beak

Latin name

Clianthus maximus

type

Evergreen Climber

family

Fabaceae

ph

5.5 - 8.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Kaka Beak likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Kaka Beak is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Kaka Beak likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Kaka Beak likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Kaka Beak is 3.00meters x 4.00meters 3.00 M 4.00 M

Clianthus maximus

Clianthus puniceus - Red Lobster Claw - is an evergreen climber with 6in pinnate leaves with 13 - 25 leaflets. The flowers are bright and shaped like a lobster's claw - hence the common name. The plant can tolerate a little frost in a sheltered location, and can partially lose its leaves with no long term ill effect. However, in more frost-prone areas, it is best grown indoors or in the greenhouse. Clianthus maximus is a large Red Lobster Claw - bigger plant, bigger flowers and "biggger" colour!


Propagating by cuttings

From Mid Summer TO Late Summer

Take semi- ripe cuttings from this season's growth in late Summer. Cut neatly, just below a leaf node, a 5" approx. piece of a healthy shoot that has soft growth at the tip. pinch out the growing tip, and cut off the bottom leaves. Dip the bottom of the cutting in hormone rooting powder, and carefully place in a pot of cutting compost with the leaves just above the level of the compost. Water, label, cover with a polythene bag, and place in a warm, bright place, out of direct sunlight. Take the polythene bag off periodically for a while for ventilation (at least twice a week)

 

Propagating by seed

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

Seed should to be sown into a weed-free warm seed-bed in Spring

 

Planting

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

If planting outdoors, position it in a sheltered site in full sun, in free-draining moderately fertile soil, with shelter from cold drying winds. In frost=prone areas it is best to grow in a cold greenhouse or conservatory, in a loam based potting compost and in full light

 

Flowering

From Early Spring TO Early Summer

The unusual red lobster-claw shaped flowers appear from early Spring to early Summer.

 
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