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Russelia equisetiformis (Coral Plant)

Coral Plant, Coral Fountain, Firecracker Plant


Native to Mexico, Coral Plant (Russelia equisetiformis) is a highly ornamental shrub with slender, wispy stems spilling out like a waterfall and ablaze with clusters of bright, coral-red tubular flowers, which attract hummingbirds and butterflies. This striking multi-branched plant has virtually no foliage and will gracefully cascade from your walls or raised beds in a beautiful, continuous warm display of scarlet blossoms from late spring to fall (all year in warm climate areas).

  • Growing about 6 ft. long (180 cm) and spreading 2 ft. wide (60 cm), this sprawling shrub consists of a dense, arching crown composed of many weeping green branches, covered by small, insignificant leaves. Long clusters of firecracker-like flowers, 1-inch-long hang at the branch tips.
  • Easy to grow, it thrives in full sun or part sun in fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils.
  • Heat and drought tolerant, once established.
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society (1993)
  • Very versatile, it can be used as an accent plant, part of a mass planting, in containers or hanging baskets.
  • Water and fertilize regularly and let them dry out between irrigations. Prune to shape or to remove dead growth.

 

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' (60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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* Picture courtesy of Mauricio Mercadante

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spread 2' (60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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