|HAMELIA PATENS - FIRE BUSH.|
Hamelia coccinea, hamelia erecta.
Bálsamo, pata de pájaro, hummingbird bush, fire bush, polly red head, Texas fire cracker, scarlet bush.
Rubiaceae (Madder family).
Fire bush is a fast growing semi - woody evergreen perennial shrub with elliptic leaves; indigenous to Suriname.
Texas fire cracker is growing up to 12 feet tall.
The flowers attract butterflies and humming birds.
The fruits are berries and clustered. It's really a black berry with seeds.
Fire bush contains anti - bacterial, anti fungal and immunostimulant phytochemicals.
Suriname's Traditional Medicine
Insect bites, menstrual disorders, uterine - and ovarian afflictions.
USDA zone 8 - 11.
Full sun, shade, soil should be moist and well.
In the cooler zones 4 - 8, it can be grown as an annual.
Plant in frost free spots.
Makes excellent hedges; also used as a shrub in landscaping; may need some pruning.
It is a beautiful garden plant and looks good in every garden!
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