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  • Scientific Name: Hamelia patens
  • Common Name: Firebush, hummingbird bush, scarlet bush
  • Description: Hamelia is a large ornamental evergreen shrub that reaches a height and width of 8 to 12 feet without support. This plant is free-flowering. The orange-red flowers are arranged in cymes, clusters of flowers that occur at the end of forking floral stalks.
  • Uses: Hamelia is mostly grown as an ornamental plant worldwide in warm, moist areas. Leaves have cooling effect and are chewed on a hot day as prevention against heat stroke. It can also grow well in a pot, and it should most likely be brought indoors during the winter. It can be used as a foundation plant and is excellent in mass plantings or as a screen or hedge.
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Soil RequirementTolerant of most desert soils but prefers a well-drained soil but with moderate to high organic matter content. Thrives in full sun in fertile to sandy, moist, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established but looks best with regular irrigation.
EnvironmentThe plant enjoys full sunlight but it can also thrive in partial shade. It flowers best in full sun. Temperatures between (25° – 37°C) are suitable and even ensure healthy growth.
WateringTake care of watering the plant in a way where the soil remains slightly moist. Avoid overwatering and stagnant water around the plant as it will cause fungal diseases. Keep soil moist, watering freely in dry weather.


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