• Plant Type: Evergreen, perennial shrub.
  • Common Names: Qantuta, Qantus, Qantu, Peruvian Magic Tree, Flor del Inca, Magic-flower, Magic-flower-of-the-Incas, Sacred-Flower-of-the-Incas.
  • Color: Pink, Purple, White, Yellow, Orange, Magenta, Red.
  • Flower Dimensions: 3 inches.
  • Flowering Season: Spring and summer.

Flor Del Inca

Cantua buxifolia is an evergreen shrub of the order Ericales. This plant can grow to a height of 13 feet and is a native of the high valleys of the Yungas and Andes mountains in western South America.

  • C. buxifolia plant is upright and fast-growing. But mostly, they are half-climbing.
  • The stems are erect, and the arching branches hold the leaves.
  • The leaves of the Cantua buxifolia are small, semi-succulent, and gray-green. They are boxwood-like. These leaves are elliptic to lance-shaped.
  • The flowers of the Qantuta are tubular and hanging. The petal lobes are pink to purple. These flowers are in terminal corymbs and are typically produced in spring.
  • In its natural habitat, the Qantuta is a favorite of hummingbirds.
Where can mostly Qantuta be spotted?
Flower WatchingSouth America

Interesting Facts about the Qantuta

Magic Flower Of The Incas

  • The Qantuta is a sacred flower[1] for the Incas. It is used in religious and political ceremonies. By the 20thcentury, the flowers of the Qantuta[2] are popular during funeral services.
  • The specific epithet “buxifolia[3] is taken from the genus of the plant “Buxus” and “folia“which means “boxwood” and “leaf” respectively. This describes the plant’s boxwood-like, oblong, oval-shaped leaves.
  • The Cantua buxifolia[4] is the national flower of Peru. It is also one of the national flowers of Bolivia.
  • The Cantua buxifolia[5] is associated with the Inca legend. It is about the tale of the 2 kings, Illimani and Illampu, and their sons.
  • The secondary metabolites extracted from the flowers of the Cantua buxifolia[6] manifest effectivity and inhibit the growth of microorganisms.

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Key References
  • [1]“Cantua buxifolia | sacred flower of the Incas Climber Wall Shrub/RHS Gardening”. Accessed April 16, 2023. Link.
  • [2]“Sacred Flower of the Incas is native to the Andes Mountains | Cape Gazette”. Accessed April 16, 2023. Link.
  • [3]“Cantua buxifolia (April) | SF Botanical Garden”. Accessed April 16, 2023. Link.
  • [4]“Cantua buxifolia | GardensOnline”. Accessed April 16, 2023. Link.
  • [5]“Cantua buxifolia – Wikipedia”. Accessed April 16, 2023. Link.
  • [6]“Metabolitos secundarios y efecto antibacteriano in vitro del extracto hidroetanólico de las flores de Cantua buxifolia Juss. ex Lam. (Polemoniaceae) “Flor Sagrada de los Incas””. Accessed April 16, 2023. Link.


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