This South American and Caribbean species is very easy to grow in my climate and responds enthusiastically to even the most routine care. Can grow into enormous specimens if given the space. However it can also be temperamental about blooming. The flowers last only a few days. The flowers go through a cycle of opening and collapsing (they don't really close, simply the petals become limp) every day. The flower is a little bit bigger and lighter colored every day until its senescence. It likes full sun and may not bloom if grown in shade. My plants host a fierce colony of carpenter ants that makes handling the plant a challenge.