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HAMELIA patens 'Grandé'

Image of Hamelia patens 'Grandé'

Family

Rubiaceae

Botanical Name

HAMELIA patens 'Grandé'

Plant Common Name

Firebush, Firecracker Shrub, Grandé Hummingbird Bush

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 4

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 13, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    5'-18' / 1.5m - 5.5m (5)

  • Width

    5'-8' / 1.5m - 2.4m (6)

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall

  • Native To

    Southeastern United States, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site, Pollution, Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Narrow Upright/Fastigiate

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Red, Orange, Crimson

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Blue, Plum, Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Orange, Olive

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes