Firebush – Ornamental Plant of the Week for

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hummingbird on firebush
A hummingbird feeds on a firebush blossom. (Photo by Louisiana Master Gardener Norman Balliviero; used with permission)

Firebush, also called firecracker plant, goes by the scientific name Hamelia patens.

This is one of the top five plants for butterflies and hummingbirds in Louisiana. Starting to bloom in midsummer, flowers will continue through fall.

Plants are typically perennial throughout Louisiana.

Plant in full sun and in well-drained soil. Irrigation demand is low once establishment is completed in the landscape. Plants do well in containers.

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