It is very popular in cultivation and with its glossy dark green leaves, bronze new growth and spectacular cream flowers it makes a beautiful addition to your garden. The species is cultivated in both tropical and temperate areas and is hardy as far south as Melbourne. It is frost tender when young, but damaged growth is quickly replaced in the spring. It likes water during dry periods and regular fertilising, prefers a sunny position and well-drained soil.
The flowers are a magnet for insects which will, in turn, attract insectivorous birds to your garden. If you throw in a birdbath you'll create a summer paradise for your local birds.