It’s Florida Wildflower’s Wednesday! The flower of the week is the Firebush. This flower is a native perennial, also known as Hamelia patens (botanical name). A woody shrub that easily reaches heights of 15 feet with orange and red flower clusters reaching 7 inches. According to the experts, we find this dense shrub along the coastal regions of central and south Florida. A showy wildflower loved by butterflies and hummingbirds, this flower is also a favorite of small mammals. With irresistible green berries that ripen to black and blooms of a deep, fierce red, there is no missing this year-round beauty. We find this popular plant often in Florida nurseries. This is a strong wildflower that thrives in full sun.
To read more about the difference between a weed and a wildflower, try Wildflower and Weeds – What’s the Difference.
Fact! This plant has historically been used to treat wounds, reduce fever, and ease skin conditions. Nature is amazing!
If you want to learn more about Florida wildflowers, you can start here, Florida’s Native Wildflowers | Florida Wildflower Foundation (flawildflowers.org). Check back next week for another Florida Wildflower’s Wednesday!
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