Coral Bean

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Coral Bean

Erythrina herbacea
Cherokee Bean, Cardinal Bean, Cardinal Spear
6

15 feet
5

12 feet
Southeastern U.S. and Mexico
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Low
  • Flowering
  • Hummingbirds

About This Plant

Full sun or partial shade. A deciduous, herbaceous perennial, with glossy spadelike leaves, striking tubular pink or red flower spikes, and blackish pods bearing poisonous red beans. An interesting and hardy landscape specimen, coral bean prefers sandy soils, so it’s not necessarily well-suited for parts of northern Bexar County. It attracts hummingbirds when in bloom, and is often planted for that purpose.

Maintenance

None required, but can be trained as you would any other valuable ornamental tree, removing dead or crossing branches. You’ll need gloves and long sleeves.

Features

Plant Type:
Small Shrub
Size:
6-15' H, 5-12' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy
Wildlife:
Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Flower Color:
Red
Bloom Time:
March, April, May, June, September, October
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

This plant goes well with

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