Erythrina herbacea

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Coralbean, Cherokee Bean

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Plant Specifics

Size:3-20 ft tall by 2-10 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Pink,red
Fruit Color:Red,brown
Phenology:Deciduous, semi-evergreen in South Florida. Blooms in spring. Fruits remain on the plant through winter.
Habitats:Dry sites. Upland mixed forest, thickets, tropical hammocks, coastal dunes, sandhill, flatwoods, tropical hammock, pine rocklands. This species can be seen in the picnic area at Alderman Ford County Park in Hillsborough County.


Recommended Uses:Forming a thicket for wildlife protection.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



Attracts hummingbirds.

Due to its dense foliage and thorny stems, coral bean serves as a refuge for small birds and animals.

Attracts long-tongued pollinators.