Hamelia patens

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Hamelia patens

Post by Hamad Ahmed Kisana » July 8th, 2013, 1:51 pm

Botanical Name Hamelia patens
Family Rubiaceae
Genus Hamelia
Specie patens
Local Name in Urdu
Common Name Firecracker Shrub, Mexican Firebush, Scarlet Bush, Hummingbird Bush
Life Cycle Tropical s and Tender Perennials
Cultivar Name
Fragrant or Not No
Category(Bush/Vine/Tree) Bush
Height 8-10 ft.
Spacing 4-6 ft.
Flowering Months Summer
Flower Color Red-Orange
Growing Areas all Pakistan
Frost Tender yes
Exposure Full sun
Soil pH Tolerant
Propagation by seeds
Uses Ornamental,medicinal plant
Other Details Hamelia patens is a large perennial shrub or small tree in the coffee family, Rubiaceae, that is native to the American subtropics and tropics.Common names include Firebush, Hummingbird Bush, Scarlet Bush and Redhead.Scarlet bush is sometimes called firecracker shrub because its tubular orange-red flowers resemble firecrackers.Firebush is a showy, fast-growing, semi-woody evergreen shrub that can get up to 15 ft (4.6 m) tall under ideal conditions, but usually stays much smaller. It has whorled leaves, usually with three but occasionally as many as seven at each node. The leaves are elliptic to oval, about 6 in (15 cm) long, and gray-pubescent underneath with reddish veins and petioles. They are reflexed upward from the midvein.Also, the plants are used in folk medicine against a range of ailments. A number of active compounds have been found in firebush, Does best in full sun but quite well in partial shade. It becomes leggy in shade. Once established, firebush is drought tolerant, but it does best with frequent watering as long as the soil has excellent drainage. Water weekly during the first year after transplanting. .
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Re: Hamelia patens

Post by Munir » July 9th, 2013, 1:17 am

I think Hamelia is the most common name of this bush.

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