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Russelia equisetiformis


Russelia equisetiformis

Common Name:
Coral Fountain, Firecracker Plant

Origin: Mexico south to Guatemala

Features/Uses: Great for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies with its tubular flowers typically red but can also be found in pale yellow, coral, and salmon pink. It can be used as an accent plant to cascade over a wall, planted in mass, or added to a perennial border.

Growth Habit: Evergreen with arching branches that range from 4 to 5 feet and form an attractive mounding shrub.

Bloom Time: Spring through summer

Cultural Requirements: Performs well in sun or shade but will bloom better with at least a half day of sun. Tolerates wind and desert heat, and hardy to about 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Drought tolerant once established but will thrive with regular irrigation.

Where at SDBG: Mexican Garden, Bamboo pond, next to the Kashmir Cypress at the gift shop, and the Tropical Rainforest.

Photos: Rachel Cobb