Tell me about Firebush (hamelia patens)

ThomasLearningSeptember 27, 2013

I want to plant Firebush (hamelia patens) in the ground in the Spring. Right now it is in a pot.

Is this plant invasive? How tall and wide does it get when planted in the ground? Does in need to be pruned when the ends turn black? How do you control the many seeds to keep it from starting new plants)?

What are good easy-to-find trouble free companion plants to grow with it?(trouble free to me is no runner roots, not invasive, no spreading, average water, relatively disease and pest free).

I would love to have any information on caring for this plant.

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kayjones(Mo6b)

I don't know where you live, but here in Florida, it takes care of itself. Mine is in the ground, going on 6 years, and hasn't spread at all. It doesn't require any special care in my yard - I've not had any problems with black tips.

I have Plumbago planted with mine.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 6:18PM
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kayjones(Mo6b)

I don't know where you live, but here in Florida, it takes care of itself. Mine is in the ground, going on 6 years, and hasn't spread at all. It doesn't require any special care in my yard - I've not had any problems with black tips.

I have Plumbago planted with mine.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 6:20PM
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ThomasLearning

Thanks Kayjones

    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 9:58PM
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linda_tx8(8)

Here in southcentral Texas, it's great! Xeriscape plant, does usually die back in the winters here, but comes back in spring. It does, of course, need some pruning back in winter. I just have to be sure to just prune back the dead parts, because some of the lower stems arent dead. It's easy to care for and hummingbirds love it when it starts blooming. I've still got a few hummingbirds!

This post was edited by linda_tx8 on Thu, Oct 24, 13 at 13:55

    Bookmark   October 24, 2013 at 1:52PM
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ThomasLearning

Thanks Linda_tx8 8. I have not seen any hummingbirds yet.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2013 at 9:56PM
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