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Texas Firecracker Bush, Scarlet Bush
Scientific Name: Hamelia patens Jacq.
Synonym: Hamelia coccinea, Hamelia erecta
Family: Rubiaceae
Texas Firecracker Bush, Scarlet Bush (Hamelia  patens)
A Texas Firecracker Bush at the Berridge Nursery in Phoenix
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 25-28
USDA: 9-10

Frost Tolerance: Tender in Phoenix, dies back to the ground and grows back in spring

Heat Tolerance: Needs some shade in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun to shade

Origin: Southern Florida to South America

Growth Habits: Evergreen bush to 10 feet (3 m)

Watering Needs: Abundant water


The Scarlet Bush contains anti fungal, anti bacterial and immunostimulant phytochemicals. It is also a very decorative plant, attracting butterflies.

Cultural Practices:
The scarlet bush very often needs trimming to keep it bushy.

Blooming Habits:
Orange or red flowers.

Fruiting Habits:

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