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Hamelia patens

Hamelia patens

Common name firebush; scarlet bush
Family rubiaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z8-11)
Flowers red-orange (spring-fall)
Size to 15'
Light sun-part shade

Evergreen shrub that shows off clusters of red-orange flowers throughout the growing season. Each flower is tubular, flared a bit at the end; together with the red flower stems, the clusters pack a visual punch. Firebush is native to the tropical Americas, from south Florida to central South America. It is likely to die back to the ground in true zone 8 winters, but will return from the roots to form a small shrub, perhaps two foot tall. A mature shrub can grow much taller. Hummingbirds like the flowers, and birds like the small berries that follow them.

firebush; scarlet bush

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: houston front yard

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