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Russelia equisetiformis

 
Russelia equisetiformis
scarlet firecracker plant; coral plant
Russelia equisetiformis

Common name scarlet firecracker plant; coral plant
Family scrophulariaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z8-11)
Flowers red (spring-fall)
Size 3-5'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil, not too dry

Tubular scarlet flowers hanging down from cascading slender stems. Native to Mexico. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. I don't know if this is always deciduous, but its first winter in our garden was a harsh one, so the plant had to return from its roots. The new growth is quite different in size and shape from the mature leaves – but within a few months it looked the same as it did before winter, with thin reedy stems holding small leaves, as well as the flowers.

scarlet firecracker plant; coral plant
New leaves after top growth died in winter freezes

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

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