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Firespike

Fact sheet: Firespike

 

Firespike is an herbaceous perennial growing to about 4 feet tall with an upright habit which has naturalized in Florida (Fig. 1). The shiny, dark green leaves of this plant have entire to undulate margins and reach a length of 7 to 8 inches. Beautiful terminal or axillary spikes of tubular red flowers appear on firespike in the fall and winter. These showy flowers attract hummingbirds and several species of butterflies. In some ways the plant remains me of an overgrown and much nicer red salvia.

Scientific name: Odontonema strictum
Pronunciation: oh-dawn-toe-NEEM-muh STRICK-tum
Common name(s): firespike

Fact sheet: Firespike

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