The Fire Bush is know by many names but is mostly loved by butterflies and hummingbirds.
The list of plant names, or the more common plant names it goes by are, firebush, Mexican firebush, flame acanthys, scarlet bush, Texas firecracker, Corail, polly red head, red head, sanalo todo, and pata de pájaro.
But the scientific name of plants in this species is Hamelia Patens.
I have notice with all my research that many plants will share the same nick names and I'm not sure if they just ran out of names or if the plant are and look very similar.
The Hamelia patens grows as a tropical flowering evergreen, that are fast growing shrubs and will fill your evergreen gardens with lots of hummingbirds and butterflies.
This awesome semi woody shrub can easily found throughout South America including the Amazon basin Southern Florida, West Indies, and Southern California and other southern areas in the United States
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These Tropical’s and Tender Perennials are quite easy to grow, to start off they will grow best as evergreen perennials if grown in zones 8 to 11.
If grown where there are frost and cold winters your shrub will die back but late spring when it starts to heat up it will start to grow leaves and eventually the flowers the butterfly’s and humming birds love wit start to emerge. Even the bees are happy
to see this plat which provides lots of pollen for them.
Make sure you plant your hamelia patens where it will get full sun for most of the day, it will do fine in partial shade but for a full performing evergreen shrub it loves the full sun.
As Far as watering moderate watering is fine but like most rainforest plantsdon’t overwater it.
Your beautiful garden plant will bloom from late spring to early winter.
The best way is from seed and sow them outdoors in the fall
You can collect the seed from an existing plant but you must allow the seed heads to dry on the plants then remove the seeds to use for planting.