Wild Florida Photo - Hamelia patens

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Hamelia patens

FIREBUSH

SCARLETBUSH

Florida native

 

A woody shrub or small tree of hardwood forests, coastal hammocks and shell middens in the central and southern peninsula, rarely inland. Also found in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The narrow tubular, red to orange flowers from one half to one inch long and about 1/8 inch wide grow in terminal and axillary clusters and may bloom all year.
Firebush is also a popular landscape plant.

 
Hamelia patens is a member of the Rubiaceae - Madder family.