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Erythrina bidwillii

Erythrina bidwillii

Common name coral bean
Family fabaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z9-11)
Flowers red (late spring-summer)
Size 6'
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's reported to have eye-popping red pea flowers from late spring onward, after emerging from its roots in mid-spring. Nasty thorns on this one.

coral bean
New growth from base, mid-March

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

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