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Mexican firebush 'Firefly'     

Hamelia patens

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Belonging to the Hamelia genus (Hamelia patens 'Firefly'), Firefly is a variety of Mexican firebush. Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Chrome yellow and   Coral red. Leaves appear approximately as a   Grade 1 Paint Green and   Cadmium green colour.

The bright dark green foliage contrasts very well with the clustered flowers that are red and yellow. In the fall the leaves take a redish hue that makes them even prettier. This bush is very handsome for a screen and attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

This variety is a Ornamental that typically grows as an Perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Firefly is known for its Shrub habit and growing to a height of approximately 2.13 metres (6.93 feet).

Belize is believed to be where Firefly originates from.

Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Firefly Mexican firebush is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year. It will be helpful to note the correct soil, sun and water needs of this plant to ensure that this plant thrives.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Firefly have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Firefly

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Fertilize sparingly and mulch the root zone to keep out competing grass and weeds. May require supplemental irrigation from time to time. In zone 9 it may die to the ground, however, the root is hardy and will come right back when warm temperatures come back.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Firefly is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Firefly are Zone 9 and Zone 11.

Growing Firefly from seed

Transplanting Firefly

As Firefly is half hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Firefly

Mexican firebush Firefly Etymology

The genus Hamelia was named after the prominent French botanical author, Henry Louis Duhamel du Monceau (1700 – 1782).1

Firefly folklore & trivia

The small black fruit is considered acidic and edible, and a fermented drink is, supposedly prepared from it.1

Other Names for Mexican firebush 'Firefly'

Scarlet Bush, balsamo(Puerto Rico)

Footnotes

1 plantanswers.com/arcadia_pages/plant_of_the_month/Firebush.htm

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