Russelia equisetiformis [Firecracker plant]

This is a subshrub with wiry stems smothered in dainty, bright tubular flowers.

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Botanical name: Russelia equisetiformis

Common names: Firecracker plant

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Description

Firecracker plants name was inspired by the scarlet, long, tubular flowers which resemble red colored firecrackers, so common in India. Also called, coral plant, it is a multi-branched subshrub with slender, rushlike stems that are angled with ridges and leaves that are reduced to little more than small scales. The wiry branches start out erect then fall over to cascade down in lengths as long as 4 ft.

Prepare a potting mixture using equal parts sand, perlite, and peat. Fill a pot until there is only 1 inch between the rim of the pot and the surface of the soil.

Identify a healthy branch with a growing tip that has at least two leaves near the tip of the branch. Sever the branch 6 inches below the tip and remove any leaves other than the two closest to the tip of the branch.

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