Erythrina crista gallii 5 seeds
Erythrina crista-galli is the full name of the coral bush. The shrub belongs to the butterfly-flowered genus (Leguminosae). In the wild, it grows in the warm areas of Brazil. There
it a small tree (5 m); here it is a deciduous shrub that grows 1½ – 2 m high at most.
July – August is the peak of flowering. The flowers are waxy and bright coral red. The flower shape is typical: egg-shaped petals, standing on a stem fused to the petal. The stem sprouts on a berry-shaped body. In bud form, there is not much special to see. The bud is elongated and turns from light green to coral red fairly quickly. The flower itself is about 5 cm tall and part of the erect inflorescence, which grows up to 30 cm tall. The leaves are light green and pointed ovoid.
The coral bush is rare and extraordinary.
For this plant, you have to go to considerable lengths to get possession of it. Once you have seen it and it flowers, you know it is one of the most beautiful flowering shrubs. It is a good tub plant or it should be planted against a very warm wall. Protection of the root base from frost is really necessary.
zone 9: -6.6 to -1.2 degrees