Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Low-Maintenance Plant of the Month

Bahamas Firebush (Hamelia cuprae) is an underutilized, drought and salt tolerant relative of native firrebush (Hamelia patens).  Bahamas firebush adapts well to our local limestone based soils.  It can be used as either a large shrub or a small tree (up to 15' tall). Throughout the year (predominantly in the spring and late summer) it is covered in small bell shape flowers that start yellow and turn into a deep orange color. Bahamas firebush can be used as a single specimen shrub or as an informal screen in coastal areas because as the plant moves further inland leaf drop during the winter is more pronounced.

This post was taken from the Miami Green Bytes newsletter and was written by John McLaughlin, Ph.D
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