Hamelia patens

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

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Plant Specifics

Size:to 20 ft tall by to 10 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Red
Fruit Color:Black
Phenology:Semi-evergreen. Blooms all year unless they freeze back.
Habitats:Dry sites. Coastal forests, upland forests, hammocks.


Recommended Uses:Specimen or hedge plant. Also works well in informal background thickets.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



Birds and small mammals eat the fruits and disperse seeds.

Hummingbirds come for nectar

Larval host for the pluto sphinx moth

Butterflies, noted for attracting zebrawing 

Attracts long-tongued bees including bumblebees.