Firecracker Fern

 (Russella equisetiformis)

Fountain Plant, Coral Plant, Coral Fountain  

Free flowering tender shrubby perennial (generally root hardy), rushlike hanging almost leafless stems, bright red to orange tubular 1/2 inch long flowers , sun to partial shade, good container plant, blooms spring to fall. Easy to grow but needs  humus-rich, light, moist,  well-drained soil. Drought tolerant, attracts butterflies. R. sarmentosa – “Red Rocket Russelia”, small dark green leaves, 3-4 feet arching stems, clusters of small tubular bright red flowers, blooms spring to fall, sun or light shade, moist well drained soil, hummingbirds fight for.

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