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This plant is commonly known as a coral blow, firecracker plant, fountain bush, coral fountain, coral plant and fountain plant. These are widely known as weeping subshrub. The flowers are tubular in shape and are smothered all over the wiry stems of the plants. These plants lack foliage virtually but can cascade gracefully from the wall or any raised beds with the beautiful scarlet blossoms.
It is a plant native to Mexico and Guatemala. The scientific name of this multi-branched plant is Russelia equisetiformis. It belongs to the family of Plantaginaceae. The wispy slender stems that spill out like a fountain and the coral red flowers that ablaze all the time attracts the butterflies and the hummingbirds. These plants are also known as nectar plants.
These plants have a low maintenance and thus easy to take care of.
The average amount of water is needed by these plants for a healthy growth and while planting there must be a space of thirty centimetres to forty five centimetres between two seeds.
Soil must be well-drained and hard pruning must be avoided.
Watering must be with the average amount of water accordingly so that the soil remains moist as it grows well in moist soil.
Well drained soil which is loamy and sandy helps in the growth of the plants and a potting mixture of equal parts of perlite, sand and peat enhances the growth.
These plants prefer to grow in full sunlight with an average temperature that varies from sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit to seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit.
Flowers bloom freely and the colour of the flowers is red.
These plants grow up to a height from ninety centimetres to one hundred and eighty centimetres.
Application of any kind of organic fertilizer like that of peat humus increases the proliferation of the plants.
Cow manure which is composted can also be used by putting it around the roots as it is good for the growth of the plants.
Mainly Russeila plants are used for decoration purposes as the plants are beautiful.
It has many garden uses like bordering, wall side bordering, decoration of fences, decoration of patios etc and are sometimes grown in hanging baskets, containers etc.
Many butterflies and hummingbirds come being attracted to these plants making the gardens more beautiful.