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.
 

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native Florida Plants
Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.


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