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Monday, September 24, 2012
Red Firespike for Color and for Hummingbirds
The red blooms begin in summer and will continue through fall.
Here it is combined with native plants such as coontie, oakleaf hydrangea, spiderwort, blue-eyed grass, and saw palmettos. Other Florida-Friendly plants in this bed include Giant Liriope, variegated aztec grass, Caladium 'Red Flash' and 'Freida Hemple', African Iris, and red pentas further down just to name a few.
My Garden Path . Since then, I've made several more plants from cuttings to spread them around the garden. Too easy. More food for more hummingbirds.
They will freeze back to the ground if we have a tough winter but also return quickly from the roots in spring. You can probably tell mature firespike has stiff branching and they get fairly tall to about 10' in these conditions. Have you discovered this plant for your garden?
Which plants are you growing to attract hummingbirds to your fall garden?
You might also like to read:
Florida Native Plants
Can Naturalistic and Tidy Meet in the Middle?
Mixing Florida-Friendly Plants with Natives
Tips for Designing a Naturalistic Garden
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