Evergreen shrub or small tree, with glossy ornamental foliage and wide pink flowers. Its fruits are the source of a popular food colouring and flavouring, but also used for body painting and lipstick. It can grow in large pots.
Evergreen shrub or small tree, up to 4-5 m tall, with glossy ornamental foliage and wide pink flowers. Its fruits are the source of a popular food colouring and flavouring, made from the seeds. The same seeds have been also extensively used for body painting and lipstick by american natives.
Bixa orellana is native to tropical America, but it is now popular througout the world. It can grow and fruit in large pots.
Picture of fruits from Wikimedia commons: De Frank Krämer (de:Benutzer:Frankrae) - german wikipedia where it was uploaded by the author, Dominio público, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=43020
|Minimum winter temperature||0 ºC to 10 ºC|