Firebush, also known as Hamelia patens, is a native to the southern U.S. and is a large, woody shrub. It can grow as tall as 15 feet (4.5 meters), but firebush can also be kept smaller. It grows quickly, shooting up several feet in its first growing season. Hamelia is a favorite plant in many southern states, like Florida, because it is native and easy to grow, but especially because it produces gorgeous flowers from spring all the way through the fall. These bright, coppery-red blooms also attract pollinators to the garden, including butterflies and hummingbirds. Firebush also comes in a compact or dwarf size, which can be found at many nurseries. There is also a relatively new cultivar called ‘Firefly.’ This cultivar looks similar to the original firebush, but its leaves and flowers are about half the size.
Lighting: Sun to Part Shade
Expected Maturity: 4-5FT
Salt Tolerance: Medium
Drought Tolerance: High once established (Lower in Pots)
Bloom: All Year