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Firebush

Hamelia patens
Mexican Firebush, Firecracker Shrub, Hummingbird Bush
3

5 feet
3

4 feet
Mexico and Central America
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Medium
  • Flowering
  • Hummingbirds

About This Plant

Sun or partial shade. A heat- and sun-loving rounded shrub that grows larger each summer, reaching up to five feet in diameter. Small, red tubular flowers attract hummingbirds. In winter, firebush freezes to the ground; the thin stems can be left as a winter accent or (usually) cut to the ground; for this reason, it is listed here among the perennials rather than as a shrub. But make no mistake: firebush will eventually grow very big!

Maintenance

Winter cleanup. Occasional watering may be appreciated by plants in full summer sun.

Features

Plant Type:
Perennial
Size:
3-5' H, 3-4' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Clay, Sandy, Well drained
Wildlife:
Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Flower Color:
Orange, Red
Bloom Time:
April, May, June, July, August, September, October
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:

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