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Hamelia patens /Firebush

Hamelia patens  / Hamelia patens
Shrub with a few flowers early in the season
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Shrub with a few flowers early in the season

For heavy flowering like this plants must have full sunlight and well drained soils

Close-up of yellow-orange tubular flowers

Berries can be an added feature on well established specimen

Large specimen in full bloom

Autumn color can be another special feature of hamelia

Flowers and buds

Segment of a plant in heavy bloom in July

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Scientific Name: Hamelia patens
Common Name: Firebush
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower color: Red
Fruit present: Spring, Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Yes
Landscape Categories: Plants for Xeriscapes
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Comments: Hummingbirds love the flowers of this plant. Butterflies also feed on the nectar of this plant. It is easy to grow and can stand drought situations. It stays in flower as long as the temperatures are fairly warm. It will come back from the roots when frozen to the ground where it is not completely hardy. The ripe fruit are edible and attract a large number of bird species.