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Erythrina Herbacea

Botanical Name:

Erythrina herbacea

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How to Grow
Water
Medium
Water moderately, allowing the top 3cm to dry out between watering.
Sunlight
Partial Shade - Partial Sun - Full Sun
~
3-6 hours of sun per day, with protection from intense mid-day sun
Soil
Sandy soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Acid-based, Calcareous
Cold Tolerant
yes
Characteristics

Bloom Time

Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

Plant Type

Shrubs, Trees, Poisonous, Shrub, Perennial, Not climbing, Herb/Shrub/Tree

Lifespan

Perennial, Woody

Plant Height

6-12 ft.

Flower

Flowers appear before leaves from May to July, are in an elongated terminal cluster, somewhat tube-shaped, and scarlet in color. Their bloom can be up to 12 inches long with 5 fused sepals and 5 petals. The upper petal wraps around the 4 other petals.

Fruit

A persistent 8 1/2" long black bean pod constricted between red beans. Displays from July to September.

Benefits
Ornamental

Attractive, Blooms ornamental, Fruits ornamental

Attracts

Hummingbirds

Warning

Seeds are poisonous to humans if eaten. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a person’s age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plant’s different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.

Taxonomy

Order

Fabales

Family

Fabaceae

Genus

Erythrina

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