Firecracker Bush

Hamelia patens

Firecracker bush is known by many common names, most of which make reference to the ever-present, bright red flowers, or the fact that hummingbirds find it irresistible. Butterflies find it attractive as well, and all kinds of birds enjoy the dark, edible berries that can follow the flowers. Whatever you prefer to call this eye-catching perennial, we’re sure that its tolerance of reflected heat and its coppery new growth will impress you almost as much as the long-lasting scarlet blooms. Information on this plant varies from source to source because it behaves differently from region to region. This plant behaves just as we expect in southern Arizona; freezing to the ground in winter and coming back from hardy roots in spring to reach a compact and rounded form, exploding with true red blooms by summer.

Light Needs: This plant can take full sun but does enjoy partial shade in the afternoons if it can get it.

Watering Needs: Water regularly – weekly or more often in extreme heat.

Average Landscape Size: Can grow up to 4 feet high and 3 feet wide.

Key Features: Waterwise.

Blooms: Flowers Flowers spring through fall.


Firecracker Bush for sale at Harlow Gardens Tucson.