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Garden Fireworks

Bring your own blend of fireworks to the garden this July by adding the Red Rocket Russelia, Russelia sarmentosa to a full sun area.

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Russelia sarmentosa. Image Credit Beth Bolles, University of Florida

 

A favorite perennial to those who grow it, the Red Rocket has many positive qualities that make it a must have for everyone.  Plants form a large group of arching stems that grow 5-6 feet in height.  Clusters of tubular red flower occur at each node, covering the entire stem in color.  Flowering occurs soon after regrowth from winter cold  and continues until the first frost.  Once established plants perform well with occasional irrigation or a routine rain shower.  The added bonus of this colorful perennial is that hummingbirds visit flowers often to feed on nectar.

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