Russelia equisetiformis in a terracotta pot. Commonly known as coral fountain or firecracker plant, this plant’s delicate appearance belies its toughness. Tolerates dry winds, high temperatures and any kind of soil provided it is well drained. Regular watering keeps the foliage looking its best and guarantees a constant succession of new stems. Plants are evergreen and will resprout from the base if frozen, but to flower well warm sunshine is needed.
Red Firecracker Fern, Firecracker Plant, Coral Fountain Russelia equisetiformis, R. juncea 1" deep red tubular blooms are born in large loose clusters throughout summer.Fine, green lax foliage on long arching stems. A favorite of hummingbirds and a tough long lasting perennial. Firecracker fern is an excellent choice for raised beds or containers where the soft arching foliage and flowers can spill over the edges.
Firecracker plant (Russelia equisetiformis), another continuously blooming hummingbird magnet, produces spikes which start out erect but eventually form 3 to 4 foot arched sprays of suspended scarlet bells. Fountain bush, as this Mexican tropical is also called, cascades beautifully over the edges of a container, especially when suspended. As a salt-tolerant, freeze-tender perennial, it makes a fine choice for coastal Texas gardens with good drainage.