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.