Russelia equisetiformis - Firecracker plant
Approximately fifty species of Russelia range from Mexico
south into Columbia.
The firecracker plant is native to Mexico. Leaves are absent or much
reduced except on young, vigorous shoots. These shoots arch up from the base making
a dense shrub. Tubular red or pale yellow flowers are produced through the
growing season and are attractive to hummingbirds. This plant is drought
tolerant and somewhat salt tolerant.
See these plants on the west side of building 39 and in Alumni Square.
A shrubby plant to three to five feet tall.
Light: full sun
Water: very drought tolerant when established
Soil: well-drained, no other special requirements
This is an easy plant to grow in a sunny, well-drained site in Jacksonville. It may be killed to the ground by a very cold winter and resprout the following spring.