Firecracker Plant, (Russelia equisetiformis)
While vacationing in Key West, I fell in love with Russelia equisetiformis, also know as firecracker plant and I believe coral bush. Looking much like an over grown asparagus fern covered with such delighful red flowers.
On returning home to the Mississippi Coast I was able to get a nursery to special order one. But was told, it gets into trouble when the temp. goes below 55. And will not over winter here. So I planted it in a large pot and brought it inside in november.
Yet, the latest issue of "Souther Living", highlights this plant as the "Patriotic Plant". And says you can plant it in the ground in the Tropical and "coastal" south.
Has anyone had any experience with this plant on the northern gulf coast? Will is make it through the winter here, in the ground? (It got down into the lower 20's last winter.) Or should I keep it in the pot and bring it in each winter?
Any help is appreciated. I'd love to plant this in the ground.