Russelia equisetiformis

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Russelia equisetiformis
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Russelia
Species: R. equisetiformis
Binomial name
Russelia equisetiformis
Schlecht. & Cham.
Synonyms
  • Russelia juncea (Zucc.)

Russelia equisetiformis, commonly known as Firecracker plant, Coral plant, Coral fountain, Coralblow and Fountain plant, is a weeping subshrub in the Plantaginaceae family.

The plant is native to Mexico and Guatemala.[1]

The name Russelia honors the Scottish naturalist Alexander Russell (1715-1768), given to the genus by the Dutch scientist Baron Nikolaus von Jacquin (1727-1817). The species name reference to this plants resemblance to horse tail rushes, and the Latin term equisetiformis means "like Equisetum."

Description[edit]

White flowering cultivar.
Overall arching form of plant.

Russelia equisetiformis is a multi-branching plant with 4–5 feet (1.2–1.5 m) long arching branches.[1] The overall graceful form of the subshrub is a fountainesque mound.

The stems and tiny oval leaves are bright green.

It flowers profusely with small decumbent red flowers. It can bloom year round in tropical and subtropical climates.[1]

It is a very popular nectar plant for hummingbirds and butterflies.


Russelia equisetiformis

Cultivation[edit]

Russelia equisetiformis is culivated as an ornamental plant, for use planted in temperate climate gardens, and in window boxes, pots, and hanging planters.[1]

There are also cultivars with ivory white or pink flowers. Flowering is best in a minimum of half day sun, though the plant grows well in deep shade to bright sun.

The plant can be espaliered on a trellis for vertical display or a balcony—terrace screen (in pot). It can withstand temperatures down to -6.6°C (20°F). In colder climates it can overwinter as a houseplant in bright locations.[1]

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