This native from Mexico produces tons of tubular red flowers on long weeping stems with delicate foliage. The red blooms appear en masse giving the appearance of a spectacular fireworks display. Given its graceful and weeping habit, plant the firecracker russelia in an area with plenty of room for it to grow and to showcase its vivid display. These plants grow at a moderate pace but can grow faster under ideal conditions. Plant along a fence or have it cascade over a retention wall, also plant in sections of the garden that need an attractive filler.
The fountain bush prefers full to part sun. The more shade it gets, the less it will bloom, so make sure it gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. Plant this tropical beauty in zones 9 or higher. Protect from freezing temperatures and frost. It prefers well-drained soil and does not do well in soggy soil. Enrich the soil around the plant with compost or manure. To maximize flower production, fertilize with a well-balanced time-release fertilizer. Clip wayward branches by hand to help maintain the beautiful, weeping habit of the plant.
Note: These plants are grown for decorative purposes and are not intended for human or animal consumption
Outstanding Features: Masses of tubular red flowers, weeping habit, delicate foliage
Firecracker Russelia, Fountain Bush
Water daily until the plant is established, then water as needed.
9 and above
Well-balanced fertilizer throughout the growing season
Full sun to part shade
5 feet tall and about as wide
In zones 8 and lower, use as a container plant or as an annual in the landscape
Clusia, thryallis, hibiscus