Lime Sizzler™ Firebush

Hamelia patens 'Grelmsiz' PP #26,247

Enliven borders and patio containers with the fantastic green and yellow foliage and sizzling red-orange flowers of this exotic, mounding, semi-woody perennial. Particularly effective in mass plantings to create a swath of bright color, or as an accent tucked between plants with darker foliage. Use as a summer annual in colder regions.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationham-EE-lee-uh PAT-ens
Average Size at MaturityReaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide; 1 to 2 ft. when grown as an annual.
Bloom TimeSpring to Summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorOrange
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic, Tropical
Growth HabitCompact, Mounding, Spreading
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Poolside, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureDense Habit, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Heat Loving, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsCoontie (Zamia); Canna Lily (Canna); Lantana (Lantana); Plumbago (Plumbago); Trumpet Creeper (Campsis); Grevillea (Grevillea), Acacia (Acacia)

Provide average well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Once established in the landscape, prefers regular water but tolerates some drought. Water container plants regularly. Apply fertilizer in early spring; repeat mid-season. Root hardy to 20°F; may be overwintered indoors in containers.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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