Russelia equisetiformis

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Russelia equisetiformis
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R. equisetiformis
Binomial name
Russelia equisetiformis
Schlecht. & Cham.
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Russelia equisetiformis, commonly known as fountainbush,[1] 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.[2]

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.[2] 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.[2]

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.[2] 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 °C (21 °F). However some authorities assert that it cannot tolerate temperatures below 5 °C (41 °F) and must therefore be kept under glass during the winter months.[3] In colder climates it can overwinter as a houseplant in bright locations.[2]

In cultivation in the UK, It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Russelia equisetiformis". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e San Marcos Growers horticultural database: Russelia equisetiformis . accessed 12.18.2013
  3. ^ a b "RHS Plantfinder - Russelia equisetiformis". Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  4. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 93. Retrieved 11 October 2018.

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