St. Elmo's Fire Firecracker Plant
Russelia x 'St. Elmo's Fire'
|Description||A stunning hybrid selection, larger than the common species with a more open, airy look and showier, deeper red flowers. This easy-care perennial blooms continuously from spring to fall with occasional pruning of spent flowers. Perfect for tall borders or large containers. Semi-evergreen.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Blooms||Spring through fall|
|Mature Size||Reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.|
|Special Features||Easy Care|
|Flower Attributes||Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Poolside, Hanging Basket|
|Design Ideas||The slender, rush-like stems add a tropical effect, making this beautiful near water features such as pond or poolside. Plant in a tall border, where the foliage and flowers will add lovely texture and color. Highly effective spilling over low walls or from large patio tubs.|
|Companion Plants||Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Cordyline (Cordyline); Lantana (Lantana); Fountain Grass (Pennisetum)|
|Care||Provide average, loamy, well-drained soil; shelter from harsh, drying winds. Shelter from harsh sun in hotter summer regions. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish root system. Once established, tolerates dry spells. Feed regularly. Foliage may be damaged in heavy frost but will quickly recover in spring.|
|Lore||St. Elmo's Fire has tiny, broadleaf foliage when it emerges, but the older foliage is more characteristically 'Russelia-like' with cascading rush-like stems minus the presence of the broadleaf foliage.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11
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