Firecracker Plant

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Uses Shrub, Accent Plant,
Common Names Firecracker Plant,
Scientific Name Russelia equisetiformis
Cold Hardiness Yes
Light Needs Full Sun
Flower Color Red Flowers
Blooms Year round
Water Needs Drought Tolerant
Leaves Medium green
E/D Evergreen
Mature Height 2-5 Feet tall and 3 Feet wide
Growth Rate Medium

Attractive to hummingbirds, as well as humans, this shrub would be a graceful addition to your landscape setting. With needle like leaves and brilliant red, tube-like flowers, it’s one of those lush plants that exudes vitality. The flowers remain to please the owners from spring to fall and do well in full sun, especially in areas with good drainage. It doesn’t like the cold, so you may have to cover them in temperatures below 40 degrees. Mildly drought resistant, it requires minimal water.

A row of these delicious (to hummingbirds) shrubs against a grey weathered fence or acting as a screen by themselves presents a wealthy 5 foot tall panorama, easy to tend in return for its splendid show. If you’re one of those home owners who enjoys an organic look, this is the shrub for you. Pruning and trimming are unnecessary—that should appeal. You won’t need a hummingbird feeder with this plant in your collection.


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