HAMELIA patens 'Grandé'
Plant Common Name
Firebush, Firecracker Shrub, Grandé Hummingbird Bush
Grande firebush provides a wonderful source of nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies alike. In its native environments of southern Florida, the Caribbean and Tropical America, it is a sun loving evergreen that produces vibrant clusters of red, pinkish, orange floral tubes on reddish-purple stems from spring through early fall. After pollination, the shrub produces bluish-black berries that attract songbirds. Leaves are light to medium green and will lightly redden in winter or drop off entirely. After a frost, the plant will die back and, if no prolonged sub-freezing weather follows, will rejuvenate from the roots in spring.
Grande firebush prefers full sun but is somewhat shade tolerant and will adequately grow in any well-drained soil. Once established it is drought, heat and humidity tolerant. Firebush makes a nice plant in the landscape, especially in gardens dedicated to attracting wildlife, incorporated into the mixed border, and may be treated as annual in colder climates.
AHS Heat Zone
12 - 4
USDA Hardiness Zone
8 - 11
H1, H2, 13, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
5'-18' / 1.5m - 5.5m (5)
5'-8' / 1.5m - 2.4m (6)
Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall
Southeastern United States, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America
Wet Site, Pollution, Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Tropical
Sharp or Has Thorns
Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies