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Products > Russelia equisetiformis 'Flamingo Park'
 
Russelia equisetiformis 'Flamingo Park' - Pink Coral Plant
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figworts)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Flower Color: Coral
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Russelia equisetiformis 'Flamingo Park' (Pink Coral Plant) - A multi-branching, evergreen (in our climate), subshrub with 4 to 5 foot long arching 4-angled stems that have leaves that have been reduced to very small scale-like ovate leaflets. Both stems and leaves are a bright green color and new grow starts erect but rapidly bends over to form a graceful mound. Primarily in spring and summer the tips of the branches are graced with bright coral-pink tubular flowers, but flowering can occur any time of the year with flower buds only dropping off if temperatures are too cool. Plant in full sun to deep shade. Tolerates wind and most any soil with medium drainage but does requires fairly regular to occasional irrigation to look its best - can be kept drier in shade but does not bloom well.. Hardy to 25 F and can resprout after a freeze. Great for a large pot or used spilling over a wall. Can be trained up a trellis to make a taller more vertical plant. This species is grows naturally from Mexico south to Guatemala. The name Russelia was given to the genus by the Dutch scientist Baron Nikolaus von Jacquin (1727-1817) to honor the Scottish naturalist Alexander Russell (17151768). The specific epithet means "like Equisetum" in reference to this plants resemblance to the a horse tail rush. It has also been described as Russelia juncea, an epithet that would refer to it being "rush-like". Another common name for this plant is Firecracker Plant. We have grown this plant since 2006 and also grow the darker red form called Russelia equisetiformis 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 Russelia 'Flamingo Park'.