Firecracker Plant
Russelia equisetiformis
Firecraker Fern, Coral Plant, Coral Fountain, Corablow, Fountain Plant
The fern-like Firecracker Plant has a weeping growth habit. The rush-like, almost leafless stems start growing vertically but the weight of the branch soon causes it to bow and cascade. The plant produces clusters of bright red tubular flowers that look like firecrackers and are about 1" long. Perfect for hanging pots or a raised spot that will allow the plant to flow over the edges.
Exposure: Full sun to Partial Shade
Type: Perennial and hardy to 32 degrees.
Water: Prefers frequent watering in a well drained soil. Do not let the soil dry completely.
Soil: Does best in rich, well drained soil. Fertilize regularly.
Growth: The firecracker plant grows fast to a height of 2 to 2-1/2 feet tall and 1-1/2 feet wide.. It will bloom from spring until fall when planted outside and will bloom all year long as a houseplant. Popular uses include planting in hanging baskets for indoors or outside,
Propagation: Start new plants from tip cuttings of an existing plant
History: This plant is native to Mexico but has spread into California, Southern Florida. It is cultivated in pots or protected sites into zone 8.
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