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Russelia equisetiformis/Fountain Plant

Russelia equisetiformis / Russelia equisetiformis
Mass of trumpet-shaped bright orange-red flowers
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Mass of trumpet-shaped bright orange-red flowers

Evergreen shrub in full bloom

Selection with white flowers

Arching branches in full bloom

Red flowers a prominent feature of this shrub

Heavy flowers over an extended period

Handsome, wiry foliage draping over a retaining wall

Wiry foliage cascading over a retaining wall

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Scientific Name: Russelia equisetiformis
Common Name: Fountain Plant
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Needleleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: This plant is often classified as a sub-shrub and performs more like a perennial in most landscapes. The wiry, green branches are rough and scalelike and grow upward but after a couple of years they begin to lean over and form a nice draping quality when used in raised plantings like planters or at the top of retaining walls. Also nice in hanging baskets. The coral colored tubular flowers are one inch long. Butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers.