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Red Mimetes

Mimetes cucullatus

Also known as

Common Mimetes, Common Pagoda, Red Pagoda

Mimetes cucullatus by Seth (

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size







  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Red Mimetes Overview

This eye-catching colourful shrub grows up to 2 m tall and attracts nectar feeding birds. New growth is bright red while the rest of the plant is green and lime yellow, making it a bright addition to any garden.. Flowers can be produced all year round, but peak from Winter to Summer. This plant makes an excellent cut flower and garden specimen. This plant can be pruned hard after flowering and older plants that show signs of starting to flag, can be cut back to the base, after which it will grow with renewed vigour. Although easy to grow, Red Pagoda is very difficult to propagate from seed and cuttings must be bottom heated and misted.

Common problems with Red Mimetes

Red Pagoda is generally not bothered by pests or diseases. Ants will often visit to eat nectar too.

    Red Mimetes Companion Plants

    Restios, Brunias, Berzelias.

    How to harvest Red Mimetes

    The flowers can be harvested and used for floral arrangements.

    How to propagate Red Mimetes


    Sow seeds in late summer to autumn, 1-2 m apart. Use a sterile medium and dust the seed with a fungicide to prevent pre- and post-emergence fungal infections.


    Take cuttings from new growth in spring or autumn, treat with a rooting hormone and place on heated benches with overhead mist spray. Once rooted, harden off away from mist before potting.

    Special features of Red Mimetes

    Attracts birds

    The flowers attract various birds, such as sugarbirds.

    Pot plant

    Other uses of Red Mimetes

    Cut flowers and is an impressive garden plant.

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