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Firebush

Hamelia patens

Mexican Firebush, Firecracker Shrub, Hummingbird Bush

About This Plant

Sun or partial shade. A heat- and sun-loving rounded shrub that grows larger each summer, reaching up to five feet in diameter. Small, red tubular flowers attract hummingbirds. In winter, firebush freezes to the ground; the thin stems can be left as a winter accent or (usually) cut to the ground; for this reason, it is listed here among the perennials rather than as a shrub. But make no mistake: firebush will eventually grow very big!

Origins: Mexico and Central America

Maintenance

Winter cleanup. Occasional watering may be appreciated by plants in full summer sun.

A big perennial shrub that thrives in summer heat.

Min. Height: 3'

Max Height: 5 feet'

Min. Width: 3'

Max Width: 4 feet'

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