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Erythrina bidwillii

Erythrina bidwillii
coral bean
Erythrina bidwillii

Common name coral bean
Family fabaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z9-11)
Flowers red (late spring-summer)
Size 8'
Light sun
Cultural notes drought tolerant

Some taxonomical contradictions here: my taxonomy sources consider this a species, and the nursery where we purchased our specimen sells it as a native plant – yet several other online sources describe how this is a hybrid between E. crista-galli and E. herbacea, concocted in Australia (so hardly native to Texas). In any case, it produces eye-popping red pea flowers once it gets going in summer. The timing of flowering probably depends on how much the plant was set back by winter cold – in its first full year in our garden, which featured a harsh freeze in January, blooming didn't start till August, but I suspect it will flower earlier following milder winters. Nasty thorns on this one, so we grow it well away from the front of the border. By the end of its second year in our garden, it grew to about 8 foot – taller than the 6-foot height I'd found in a reference for this species/variety.

coral bean
Erythrina bidwillii
New growth from base, mid-March
coral bean
Seedpods developing in mid-October

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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