Erythrina herbacea, Coral Bean

Erythrina, Coral Bean, native, hummingbird, Fabaceae

Every spring I look forward to Coral Bean's dramatic red flowers.

Erythrina herbacea is a beautiful native perennial in the legume family (Fabaceae). In the spring, its showy red flowers are an excellent nectar source for hummingbirds. In the fall, seed pods open to reveal red seeds. It has interesting compound leaves with three leaflets and prickles on its stems.

It grows best in full sun to part shade on well-drained soil. In north Florida the stems die back in winter, but they will resprout in spring, and grow to about 3 feet around.

Use it in a perennial border or hedgerow, mixed with other butterfly and hummingbird plants, and some evergreen plants.

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