RUSSELIA

FAMILY: Plantaginaceae

TYPE
  • Perennials
  • Shrubs
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Moderate Water
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • House Plants

Plant Details

Group of about 50 plants native to Cuba, Mexico, and Central America. Prized for colorful flowers produced nearly continuously in warm weather. The two species listed below are the most common; both look great billowing over the top of a retaining wall, massed on a slope, or used in raised planters and hanging baskets. Provide well-drained soil. Propagate by taking cuttings, layering branches that touch the ground, or divid- ing. Can be grown indoors in a sunny window. During active growth, water moderately and feed monthly with a general-purpose liquid houseplant fertilizer; then reduce water and fertilizer in winter.

firecracker plant

russelia equisetiformis

  • Suckering shrub to 34 feet tall and wide, with cascading, wiry, nearly leafless bright green stems.
  • Blooms all summer, with side branches bearing a profusion of tubular bright red flowers resembling 1 inches-long firecrackers.
  • Hardy to about 24F; comes back quickly if cut down by mild frost.
  • A yellow-flowered form is available.

coral plant

russelia sarmentosa

  • Often confused with Russelia equisetiformis, but stems are leafy and floral display is even showier.
  • Grows about 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide.
  • Abundant clusters of small bright red flowers nearly hide the oval, 3 inches-long leaves.
  • Not as hardy as Russelia equisetiformis.

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