firecracker plant

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firecracker plant

firecracker plant

Flowers look like little red firecrackers on thin green drooping sticks with no leaves. They cascade downwards like a shower of reddish color. Used to attract hummingbirds. In the figwort family. Not much written about this plant, but nothing anywhere says it’s toxic. There are a few sources that say stem and flowers could be used as an infusion.
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The firecracker plant produces unusual reddish-orange flowers that eventually turn into exploding seed heads.
Firecracker Plant (Russelia equisetiformis): It's a mystery why so few local gardeners grow this plant.
On a recent spring day, golfers playing in a charity tournament at El Niguel putted their way around dozens of orange-shirted landscapers who were gouging out dead grass and planting buckets of drought-tolerant species such as firecracker plants, acacias, primavera and golden grass.