Clusters of fiery-orange tubular blooms are seemingly born throughout the year atop this miniature growing plant and attract hummingbirds as well as larger butterflies. The compact form of the Dwarf Mexican Firebush lend it to smaller spaces and for use in containers. Surprisingly it appears to be just as hardy as the larger form and can be grown as a die-back perennial well into zone 8. Provide a full to mostly sunny position for the best results.
Hamelia or Mexican Fire Bush are actually small trees in their native Mexico but make excellent heat and sun loving perennial Hummingbird magnets that flower from summer to frost. In the words of noted plantsman Greg Grant "it's the only plant that I know which actually performs better the closer it gets to spontaneous combustion". With good drought tolerance and tolerance of a wide variety of soil types the Firebush makes an excellent die-back perennial in the northern reaches of its hardiness or it can grow into a large shrub or even a small tree in mild winter climates.
Grows To: 3-4'H x 3'W
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 8B,9,10,11
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Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Indoor Light: Direct sunlight
Soil pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline, Alkaline
Soil Types & Moisture: Average moist, well-drained soils. Moderately drought resistant once well-established.
Salt Tolerance: Moderate
Deer Resistance: Rarely Bothered
Native To / Cultivar Origin: US-FL, Central & S America
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Container Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml