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Nature's Hummingbird Magnet


Nature's Hummingbird Magnet

Firecracker Plant, RUSSELIA Equisetiformis

Watering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Botanical Pronunciation:russ-EL-ee-uh
Plant type:Perennial
Growth habit:Weeping
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Fast growing; reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
Special features:Easy Care, Fast Growing, Gift Plant
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Spring through Fall
Flower color:Red
Flower attributesLong Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Companion PlantsLantana (Lantana); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Cordyline (Cordyline); Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum)

Russelia equisetiformis (Coral Fountain) - A multi-branching, evergreen (in our climate) subshrub with 4 to 5 foot long arching 4-angled stems that have leaves that have been reduced to very small scale-like ovate leaflets. Both stems and leaves are a bright green color and new grow starts erect but rapidly bends over to form a graceful mound. In full sun the stems and leaves can take on a reddish tint. Primarily in spring and summer, the tips of the branches are graced with bright red tubular flowers, but flowering can occur any time of the year with flower buds only dropping off if temperatures become too cool. Plant in full sun to deep shade though flowering is far better out in full sun or where it can at least get half day sun.