Firebush - Hamelia patens - Native Butterfly Nectar Plant

Shady Oak Butterfly Farm


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Hamelia patens

Also known as: Firecracker Shrub, Mexican Firebush, Scarlet Bush, Hummingbird Bush

Zones:  8-11

Plant Type: Perennial

Height: Zones 8-9: shrub up to 5 ft.

               zones 10-11: small tree up to 15 ft.

Plant Spacing: 3 ft.

Light Requirements: Partial shady to full sun

Water Requirements: Medium, drought tolerant once established

Soil Requirements: Does well in a variety of soil types

Firebush Native Distribution Map

Firebush is a native butterfly nectar plant found in Southern Florida, Central America, and South America. It will grow as a perennial in areas that freeze, and as a small tree in frost-free zones. The leaves are green, gaining a purple tinge as the year progresses. Flowers are reddish-orange and attract hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and other insects to nectar. Plant Firebush in your garden and enjoy watching the visitors that come to your yard this year!

Firebush Hamelia patens

A few of the butterflies and moths we raise at Shady Oak Butterfly Farm