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Firebush – Florida Wildflowers Wednesday

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!

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Orange Florida Wildflower – Firebush

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!

Did you like this Wildflower Wednesday focus? Inspired by nature? Leave a comment and let me know! Read the Aquatic Milkweed to learn about another beautiful flower.

Rannae D

An artisan and writer.

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