Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Brilliant Colour: Coral Fountain (Russelia equisetiformis)
In the meantime, the plant had made a strong impression on me.
The bright green stems are, in fact, nearly leafless; the few leaves are small and round. The plant flings these stems out with a loose, arching habit that gives rise to one of its common names: "Coral Fountain". The trumpet flowers are quite small, about an inch or maybe a little more (2.5-3cm), but they attract butterflies and hummingbirds. (A hummingbird has already been reported on my little bush though I wasn't lucky enough to see!)
It is said to have a long bloom time - year-round with sufficient warmth. It is known to be drought and heat tolerant. It also is used for indoor growing and would presumably make a good subject for indoor hanging baskets.