“Firebush Blooms”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
My firebush has started blooming well. I really like this plant, but, unfortunately, it freezes to the ground every winter and takes a while to come back every year. Right now mine is about three feet high. I wish mine would get big like others I see. The ones next to the building where I work are huge; they are about ten feet tall, but then that area is a whole zone warmer than my home is so they rarely freeze to the ground.
Since the flowers are very attractive to bees, hummingbirds and butterflies, this is really a good plant for a garden. I love the bright orange, tubular flowers and the deep green foliage on this shrub. Mine is growing where there is a lot of shade, but still it puts out a great many flowers. This is also an easy-to-care-for plant with no pests that bother it, drought tolerant after it is established, and can take clay soils.
This is just one more plant that really brightens up the late summer garden, and makes the migrating ruby-throated hummingbirds extra happy, too.