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Description

The Coral plant, also known as the Firecracker plant, is a sprawling evergreen subshrub with arching green stems and tiny scale-like leaves, growing 3-4 ft. tall and 4-6 ft. wide. Intense coral-red tubular flowers occur in spring and early summer.

Coral plant is native to mild climate zones of Mexico and is best adapted to frost-free microclimates in the Inland Empire. It grows best in well-drained loam soils with regular moisture and sunny exposures. It is a striking flowering accent choice for use in containers and raised planters where its graceful branching habit and colorful flowers can be fully displayed. Older stems can be removed near the base of the plant to manage size and stimulate new growth.

Water Needs

The Coral plant is best adapted to sunny locations in the Inland Empire and sustained with normal winter rainfall and regular summer water. It is a highly colorful flowering accent plant for courtyards and southwestern and Mediterranean style plantings. Monthly deep watering from spring through fall will enhance its spring flowering cycle and help maintain good foliage character. It should be noted there are several winter months marked by an asterisk (*) when rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water depending upon exposure conditions and size.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Moderate Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 4

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 3x 0x to 3x 0x to 3x 2x to 3x 2x to 3x 3x to 4x 3x to 4x 3x to 4x 2x to 3x 2x to 3x 0x to 3x 0x to 3x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
 
Inches per Month 0" to 3" 0" to 3" 0" to 3" 2" to 3" 2" to 3" 3" to 4" 3" to 4" 3" to 4" 2" to 3" 2" to 3" 0" to 3" 0" to 3"

Range of supplemental summer water: 17"-24"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-15"

 
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Plant Properties

Plant Type: Perennial
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Sprawling, Graceful, Arching
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height: 3 ft. - 4 ft.
Width: 4 ft. - 6 ft.
Water Needs: Moderate 4
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Red
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Loam
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, All day sun
Function: Residential spaces, Raised planters, Near pools and water features, Hummingbird plant, Grouped, Flowering accent plant, Container plant, Commercial spaces, Borders, Background plant

Maintenance

Remove older stems all the way to the base of the plant in winter or early spring to refresh and encourage new growth before spring growth begins (D). If not looking good, individual stems can be removed to the base any time. If needed, the entire plant can be cut to its base in late winter or early spring (18).

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