Plant of the month Firebush. Vibrant firebush orange and red flowers in Gainesville landscaping

Plant of the Month: Firebush

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Firebush, or Hamelia Patens, is a high-growing shrub that thrives in warm climates. Native to South and Central America, there are sixteen different cultivars, each with its own unique features. Most varieties are tall with full, lush foliage and bright red flowers that look like fireworks. Even the dwarf varieties, that grow much shorter, still have the characteristic blooms. Firebush is a top choice for landscape designers because of its extended blooming season. In prime conditions, it blooms early in the spring and continues until the first frost. 

black and yellow butterfly on orange and red firebush in florida landscapeIn South Florida, Hamelia can reach up to fifteen feet tall! While it is possible for them to grow to these impressive heights, they’re best kept to between five and eight feet tall. This helps facilitate care and maintenance. Firebush thrives when pruned gently and infrequently. Pruning too often or with too much force can interfere with blooming. 

The flowers of the Firebush are striking. The bright colors and large number of blooms attract attention. In addition to being an aesthetically pleasing addition to your landscaping, the Firebush also attracts pollinators like hummingbirds, songbirds, and butterflies. 

Firebush will thrive in a variety of soil types, as long as the soil is well-drained. It requires full sun, so it is a perfect plant for Florida landscapes, especially in parts of your yard where other plants may not hold up so well in the sun and heat. Hamelia is a safe investment in your landscaping, as it has no serious pest or disease problems. With its hearty, easy-growing nature, it’s simple to cultivate and care for.
close up of orange and red firebush flowers in gainesville landscape designDue to their height and full foliage, these plants work well as a hedge, in borders, or as stand-alone shrubs. They are a versatile choice and can be used to add interest, through their bright color, in several areas of your landscape design. Contact the friendly professionals at LawnMore to determine if the Firebush will work well in your yard. 


  1. We have one and a hurricane blew it over and we wasn’t sure if it would come back ,but it’s in full bloom and it looks like the butterflies have taken it over,haven’t seen any hummingbirds yet.

  2. The hummingbirds loved this plant during the summer! The leaves are beginning to take on a reddish hue at this time of year.

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