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Mexican Fire Bush

Posted by freshair2townsquare 8a, DFW (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 12, 08 at 1:03

Are the dark berries of a Fire Bush their seeds, or is there a different thing I should look for?

~ Amy


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RE: Mexican Fire Bush

Just so we're talking about the same Fire Bush . . .

Here is a link that might be useful: Firebush in Florida


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RE: Mexican Fire Bush

Taken from the hyperling Firebush in Florida;
Purists insist that I call it by its "correct" botanical name, Hamelia patens. In the nursery it may be labeled as Scarlet Bush, Hummingbird Bush, African Fire Bush, Mexican Fire Bush, and a host of other names in Latin America. It is a member of the Madder plant family that includes Gardenia, Penta, and Wild Coffee.

I never knew that this plant could put out seeds as this is the first time I even noticed them but I do like the bush as it seems to enjoy living in conditions that most will not even survive under. So I am going to try harvesting these seeds to see how well they sprout. I will also try to do some starts from cuttings. I enjoy watching all plants come to life and add beauty to the area. Thank you for this post


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RE: Mexican Fire Bush

Ive been reading that the Mexican fire bush will look dead but most likely is still alive after the winter season...should I repot them or just start feeding them more water ??...I purchased two last year and loved the way they grew and looked...but having a hard time this year finding anyone selling them locally....also it sounds like we can harvest their seeds to re-grow ??

Thanks for any input !!

Ken


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