Russelia equisetiformis - flower
Russelia equisetiformis (Coral Fountain) - A multi-branching, evergreen (in our climate) subshrub with 4 to 5 foot long arching stems. Both stems and leaves are a bright green color and new growth starts erect but rapidly bends over to form a graceful mound. In full sun the stems and leaves can take on a reddish tint. Primarily in spring and summer, the tips of the branches are graced with bright red tubular flowers, but flowering can occur any time of the year with flower buds only dropping off if temperatures become too cool. Plant in full sun to deep shade though flowering is far better out in full sun or where it can at least get half day sun. Tolerates wind, desert heat and most any soil with medium drainage but does requires fairly regular to occasional irrigation to look its best - can be kept drier in shade but does not bloom well.