Russelia equisetiformis
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Russelia equisetiformis

fountainbush
firecracker plant

  family scrophulariaceae 
  genus russelia 

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Identification
Genus  Russelia Species  equisetiformis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  fountainbush   firecracker plant Family  SCROPHULARIACEAE Specimen number  S10219 Data source  HumGrdn p64
 
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  1' - 3' Overall spread   
 
Climate
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 23,29 Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 09a-09b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
 
Garden
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Russelia equisetiformis attracts hummingbirds. This somewhat tender plant can only survive cold winter nights that dip to 20 Fahrenheit.
 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  yes Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
 
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
 
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
 
Cultivation
Propagule  Shoots Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
 
Nutrition
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
 
Horticulture
Horticulture notes  Russelia equisetiformis is typically propagated using a shoot. Firecracker plant (in some places called fountainbush) is considered to have originated from Mexico and Central America.
 
Herbarium
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Russelia equisetiformis is a perennial. Flowers: Firecracker plant (locally known in some parts as fountainbush) has 1" tubular blossoms. Flowers begin in June and don't stop until September. The flowers are most often a red color.

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