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Products > Chorizema 'Bush Flame'
 
Chorizema 'Bush Flame' - Flame Pea
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Fabaceae = Pea Family
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange & Pink
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Parentage: (C. cordatum X C. varium)
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Chorizema 'Bush Flame' (Flame Pea) - An evergreen plant with arching to semi-erect sprays of brilliant orange and pink pea flowers with some bloom almost the year around and peak flowering from fall through early spring. 'Bush Flame' spreads to 2 to 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide or wider with bright green heart-shaped leaves. Grow in sun to light shade with good drainage. Best with water during dry periods. This plant prefers neutral to acidic well-drained soils. Excellent for rockeries, borders, large pots and will climb if given support. Frost hardy to low 20°s F. Chorizema 'Bush Flame' is a vigorous hybrid. It is reported to be a cross between the Heart Leafed Flame Pea, Chorizema cordatum and C. varium, which is actually considered to be a form of the Holly Flame Pea, Chorizema ilicifolium. Chorizema 'Bush Flame' is a Koala Blooms University of California Santa Cruz 2002 Plant Introduction. There are a couple of interpretations for what the French naturalist Jacques-Julien Houtou de Labillardière (1755–1834) intended when he named this genus in 1792 - one idea is that the name comes from the Greek word 'choros' meaning a "dance" and 'zema' meaning a "drinking vessel" with the idea that the plant was discovered near a waterhole by a thirsty expedition party. Another interpretation that is thought more likely is that Labillardiere constructed the name from the Greek words 'chorizo' meaning "separate" and 'nema' meaning a "thread" in reference to the free filaments of the flower.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Chorizema 'Bush Flame'.
 
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