St. Elmo's Fire Firecracker Plant

Russelia x 'St. Elmo's Fire'

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.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationruss-EL-ee-uh
LoreSt. 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.
Average Size at MaturityReaches 4 to 6 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring through Fall
Design IdeasThe 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleRustic, Tropical
Growth HabitMounding
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Poolside, Rock Garden, Hanging Basket
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Gift Plant
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsHibiscus (Hibiscus); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Cordyline (Cordyline); Lantana (Lantana); Fountain Grass (Pennisetum)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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