Hamelia patens



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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: to 10 ft    Width: to 10 ft
Flower Color: flower color      red
Fruit Color: fruit color      black


Noted for: Showy flowers, hurricane wind resistance


Recommended Uses:

Specimen or hedge plant. Also works well in informal background thickets.


This species is cold sensitive and will die back in freezes. The roots usually survive.


Readily available from native nurseries. Easily transplanted. May sucker and suckers can be moved. Readily grows from seed.
Plants sold at big box stores are usually not the native variety.

Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: 5.5 - 8.2


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Excellent hummingbird and zebrawing attractant. Birds and small mammals use the fruits.

Native Habitats:

Dry sites. Coastal forests, upland forests, hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Closely related plants occur in the Caribbean and Central America. Yellow or orange fruited plants are not the Florida native.