Coral Bean

Erythrina herbacea

Cherokee Bean, Cardinal Bean, Cardinal Spear

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.

Origins: Southeastern U.S. and Mexico


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.

Catclaw thorns and a big floral display that attracts orioles and hummingbirds.

Min. Height: 6'

Max Height: 15 feet'

Min. Width: 5'

Max Width: 12 feet'

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