Great Summer Shrub – FIREBUSH

FloridaAsk Master Gardener Volunteer

Michele Hackmeyer

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July and August in North Florida are typically extremely hot and humid. Many spring-blooming shrubs have finished and are now resting. Even those of us that
are native Floridians begin to whither the minute we step outside.

UF IFAS WMGV Firebush 1
Firebush: A Full-Sun, Heat-Loving Shrub Photo by: Michele Hackmeyer

There is one shrub in my full sun (10+ hours per day) yard that thrives in this heat and is in full bloom.

Firebush, Hamelia patens, is a native plant that grows about 5-6 feet tall and equally as wide. It can be kept smaller by pruning, but it prefers to be left alone and will produce more flowers. Throughout the summer and until the first frost, it gives an abundance of bright orange-red tubular 1.5” flowers that are very attractive to

UF IFAS WMGV Firebush 2
Native plant that grows about 5-6 feet tall and equally as wide. Photo by: Michele Hackmeyer

hummingbirds and butterflies. The dark black fruit that follows are enjoyed by birds. Once established, it is fairly drought tolerant, though does best with regular watering (summer rain). It is salt tolerant and grows in any kind of soil as long as it is well-drained and tolerates a wide soil pH range. Here in North Florida (USDA Hardiness Zones 8-9), it dies back to the ground in winter, but comes back every spring. Leave the plant all winter and prune back to about 6” in late winter to early spring before bud break.

Now that’s my kind of plant; hardy, low/no maintenance, and attractive plus add to its desirability, it has no serious insect or disease problems! If you need something a little smaller, besides the regular firebush there are dwarf varieties/cultivars on the market. Check their cold hardiness before planting in the panhandle.

The UF/IFAS Extension Wakulla County Office, 84 Cedar Avenue, Crawfordville, has an excellent example of firebush just to the right of our main office building. And if you have a plant question, the Wakulla County Master Gardener Volunteers hold a weekly plant clinic at the Extension office from 10:00 to 12:00 every Thursday. Come visit the gardens and ask questions, we are always here to help improve your yard. If you can’t visit in person, send your question to wakullamg@ifas.ufl.edu.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information, and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A&M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating

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Posted: August 5, 2021


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Our article was written with the northern panhandle yard in mind where firebush is close to its northern limit. In central Florida, you can maintain your shrub at full size year round. We cut them back in late spring here because our winter temperatures freeze them. It sounds like you have the dwarf firebush and that will stay in the 8-10' range. They can be cut back during the winter months if the size out grows your area. For more information, you can contact your local county horticulture agent. Thanks for the comment and good luck with your plant. They really are amazing plants for attracting wildlife.

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They can take on a variety of looks but yours sounds the same. Feel free to email our Master Gardener Volunteers at wakullamg@ifas.ufl.edu for any further verification with some pictures of what you have. They will do their best to share their knowledge of what it could be. Thank you, Wakulla County Extension

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Mine look like carrot shavings or tiny orange squid. They don’t look like an upside down carrot as pictured. Could mine be the same?

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You are correct. Thank you, Marc. If you have any questions or suggestions for future articles please email to wakullamg@ifas.ufl.edu

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Lee – ‘Dismiss’ is a post-emergent herbicide that you use on growing sedges. Two pre-emergent herbicides that have some suppressive effect are Tower and Free Hand. I am also including a link to a detailed publication by the University of Florida that includes more information about pre- and post-emergent control of nut sedges. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/EP/EP56900.pdf Our Master Gardeners have used the ‘Dismiss’ brand with sulfentrazone with decent results. It does need to be re-applied 3-4 times for good results. If you have any questions or suggestions for future articles please email to wakullamg@ifas.ufl.edu

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November 19, 2019

Joshua – The pre-emergent herbicide you use depends on the types of weeds you wish to control. Broadleaf weeds like dandelions are different from the purple and yellow nut sedges, and therefore you will use two different pre-emergent herbicides. I am attaching a publication by the University of Florida about nut sedges, and towards the end of the document is information about pre- and post-emergent herbicides. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/EP/EP56900.pdf You will want to apply a pre-emergent herbicide before the weeds begin to germinate and appear in your lawn. For the cool season broadleaf weeds like dandelion, betony, henbit, etc. It is best to apply this in late October or early November and then do a second application in late December or early January. For warm season broadleaf weeds and sedges, you will want to apply the herbicide in late February or early March. Be sure to read the label to make sure the herbicide you apply will be safe to use on your particular lawn type. If you have any questions or suggestions for future articles please email to wakullamg@ifas.ufl.edu

pstandeford

November 19, 2019

Diane – Smilax is a difficult vine to control because of the underground tubers that can grow very large. I found an article from the University of Georgia that might be of interest to you. Here is the link:: https://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=C867-2&title=Controlling%20Greenbrier An herbicide with the active ingredient being either glyphosate or triclopyr works best. You will probably have to be vigilant and do several applications. If you have any questions or suggestions for future articles please email to wakullamg@ifas.ufl.edu

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November 19, 2019

Thank you, Jennifer. We hope so too. If you have any questions or suggestions for future articles please email to wakullamg@ifas.ufl.edu

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November 19, 2019

While lubbers are in this nymph stage (small, black with yellow stripe) is the best time to get rid of these as the adults are much more difficult to eradicate. Options include pesticides that have one or more of the following ingredients; carbaryl, bifenthrin, cyphalothrin, permethrin or esfenvalerate. Other options include diatomaceous earth which can be dusted over the insects as they are active. Diatomaceous earth is harmless to the lawn and deadly to the grasshoppers. If you have any questions or suggestions for future articles please email to wakullamg@ifas.ufl.edu

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November 19, 2019

Hello Ted, A copy is waiting for you here at the Wakulla County Extension Office at 84 Cedar Avenue, Crawfordville, FL 32327 We are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. I have held one aside for you with your name on it. Just ask for it when you come in. Thank you, Patricia Standeford Program Assistant

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Hello Ted, You are welcome to come visit us here at the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Office at 84 Cedar Avenue, Crawfordville, FL 32327. We are open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. We have plenty to give to you and your friends. Patricia Standeford Program Assistant UF IFAS/Wakulla County Extension 850-926-3931 pstandeford@ufl.edu

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October 22, 2019

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October 13, 2019

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October 7, 2019

Les, just saw your site. Thanks for your efforts. I've become obsessed with the destructive impact of the muscadine vine across the state of FLORIDA. Its pulling down all of the grand old Oak trees and as one who was born and raised in Florida it is disheartening. I've just reached out to IFAS and UF sources, but do not expect any real support. Please walk any Wakulla trail or drive any FL Hwy and see the impact of the destructive nature of this vine. Makes kudzu look like a .... What can be done before it is too late and how can I participate?

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September 24, 2019

What per-emergent herbicide do you recommend for purple nutsedge?

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September 18, 2019

Mr. Harrison ,I live in N-E Arkansas and have Yellow Nut Sedges. When is the best time to spray premergence,plan on using Dismis herbicide. Lee Mayhan Jonesboro,AR.

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September 14, 2019

What broadleaf herbicide is recommended for similax?

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September 10, 2019

We have just found out through the extension office in Manatee County that our beautiful red bays and avocado tree will most likely be gone within months. Thank you for this article and information and I will remain hopeful that there is a solution in the future.

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September 2, 2019

Asking for any help for protecting my lawn/garden from the lubber grasshopper.

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September 2, 2019

We have them here in middleburg fl which is in clay county. They were deemed extinct in 2011 but we still have them here lol... Like to find out how to bring them back lol....

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August 19, 2019

Nice article Les. These weeds are my most difficult challenge! I just keep mowing and pulling them up.

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August 15, 2019

Hi Stephanie! Yes, we are planning on having another Living on My Own workshop in Wakulla County. We have not yet decided a date, but please stay tuned to this blog and our Facebook page for more information. We will definitely share the date when it is decided. Thank you, Samantha Kennedy Family & Consumer Sciences Agent UF/IFAS Extension Wakulla County

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August 14, 2019

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First sighting of one slithering up a window at a restaurant in Gainesville, FL. Rainy evening, approximately 7 pm. Didn’t realize what is was, until researched.

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March 1, 2019

What is a good Florida lawn pre-emergent to use?

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November 30, 2018

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pstandeford

November 30, 2018

Thank you. We will be having another Plant Sale in the Spring 2019. We will be blogging about the times and dates after the new year. Glad to have fresh readers join the "blogosphere" and enjoy our stories. Stay tuned as we continue to post new articles\ to come. Have a happy holiday season and a happy new year. The Wakulla County Extension

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Cathy, It is difficult to be sure of the species when common names are used. What we call it Florida might be (but not always) something different than the name used in Indiana. That said, your information indicates the unfortunate man had an encounter with spiny pigweed. This agronomic pest, also known as spiny amaranth, has abundant and very sharp thorns. Your continuing pokeweed problem is likely seed which are germinating from previous plants. One plant can produce hundreds of seed which are capable of lying dormant in the soil waiting for favorable sprouting conditions. Your persistence will be required to control this weed. Les G.L. Harrison County Extension Director, Ag & Natural Resources Wakulla County Extension 84 Cedar Avenue Crawfordville, FL 32327 850-926-3931

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Tom Barzyk
July 2, 2018

Thanks for posting information on the Milkweed Assassin Bug. Confirms my insect encounter while taking photos at the lake reserve near the beach at Abby Hanna Park in Jacksonville, Florida! Two of the critters were jousting atop a Spotted Water Hemlock bloom which made for an interesting photo topic. A variety of butterflies found among the abundant Water Hemlock plant blooms along the lake shore were the primary target to test a new camera body and and older telephoto lens. All in all a successful day for photographing insects of which I know little. A good article put to use by someone who has little knowledge of insect and plant life.

sbalchuck

June 12, 2018

Have you consider there are two different vine sex male and female, sounds like you might have male vines?

Jayaraj MS
May 31, 2018

Nice article. Thank you much for the great information and good knowledge. This is really helpful.

john newmann
May 30, 2018

GCf8VC I truly appreciate this post. I have been looking everywhere for this! Thank God I found it on Google. You ave made my day! Thanks again

Tom Beaty
May 21, 2018

My wild Fox grape has plenty of blooms but never develop into grapes. Which grape will pollinate the fox grape. I live in Gainesville, Florida.

Shieley
May 3, 2018

How interesting. I try not to squash the Lubbers. Unless they are on a plant I want to eat too.

eparks

April 23, 2018

Hello Ms. Gail, sorry for the delayed response. Deer moss is a lichen species, a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and algae. Under the right environmental conditions they grow, albeit slowly. When the growing conditions are not favorable deer moss degrades and becomes less visible, usually residing under leaf litter and other forest debris. Also, fire from a controlled burn (or any other source) will kill lichens. Let us know if you have further questions!

Gail Doukas
March 20, 2018

I used to find a lot of deer moss on the empty lots around me. With the building that erupted in 2007/08, not so much but still around. I went out looking for some and couldn’t find any. That’s not totally unusual, but sometimes it’s there and other times not. I don’t see a season for their growth. Can I get some information on this other than what you already have here? Thank you

Kelvin
March 11, 2018

A swimming pool fence is most important for kids safety. It saves and restrict the access of small children. Vinyl fencing products offers all type of fences including pool fences.

eparks

February 21, 2018

Sorry for the delayed reply Ms. Nancy. While it is too late to join Master Gardeners Class in 2018 we will welcome new comers in 2019. Here is a link to our web page pertaining to Master Gardener Class. http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/wakulla/master-gardeners/master-gardener-program-information/ Let us know if you have any further questions.

Belem
February 4, 2018

Prof Shlizerman worked with biologist colleagues, including Steven Reppert at the University of Massachusetts, to record directly from neurons in the butterflies' antennae and eyes.

Stephanie
February 4, 2018

When planting watermelon you can either plant seeds or transplants; just be careful with transplants as watermelons have sensitive roots.

Nancy Braden
January 16, 2018

Looking for information on the Master Gardner class.

Steav Smith
November 30, 2017

That's a great initiative by Jefferson County Extension office. People with low income find it very difficult to prepare their tax. This will definitely help people regarding their tax preparation.

Wakulla Extension
September 11, 2015

We also tested several pepper cultivars, but the results were inconclusive. We'll post future tests online as we continue our research. Thank you for reading!

bc
August 17, 2015

GOOD information. Would be nice to know what other vegetables were tested...

Carole
July 16, 2015

I have some of the Adam's needle growing naturally on a lot we've just purchased. I've also heard it referred to as bear grass and have wondered why. What is the plant just behind the yucca in your photo, I'm thinking rosemary or conradina. I would like to add plants that work well with the Adam's needle. Many thanks

Wakulla Extension
July 2, 2015

You can certainly try, as they are a very hardy plant! They typically require 8-10 hours of full sun, but they can survive with up to 20% shade. Let us know if you have any other questions: (850)926-3931.

Mary
June 29, 2015

I can't grow them b/c they need full sun. Right?

Chase Wilson
May 29, 2015

Interesting! I have been raking up my leaves for years but this is a much better idea! I guess throwing my leaves away was fertilizing the garbage dump! Is it better to have a stable soil base before I throw some leaf mulch like this on top, or would it be better to chunk it up so it can be absorbed quicker?

Bill Gable
March 8, 2015

Good evening Les: I have not heard from you in a while. Just wanted to say hello. Please text or email you contact information with your email and I will send you a pic of Ms. Ellie. Can you believe she just turned six, has her own horse, Jon Deere battery powered gator, and loves to help Daddy check on the cows with the four wheeler. And she loves to model dresses, especially princess dresses. Thank you, Bill Gable.

Sigrid Benson
November 5, 2014

Thanks. I will go to the website and email address you gave me. I had just read an article in the Gulf Breeze News about a coral snake in someone's front yard. I think the police, who responded to the homeowner's call, could have done something other than hack the snake to death. I had a coral snake in my yard several years ago, and I was fascinated: I waited it out and finally it moved on. I would have have acted differently if my over-eager dog wanting to catch it was out there with me! I just wanted to see if there is some guide for responders to snake calls.

Carrie Stevenson
October 28, 2014

Sigrid, I would recommend you add your email to the "Panhandle Outdoors" newsletter/blog. One of our Escambia agents, Rick O'Connor, writes frequently about snakes, their benefits, identification and handling encounters with them in a yard. You can also contact him directly at roc1@ufl.edu for specific questions. There's lots of information available on this topic; however reducing a long-held fear is often more difficult than teaching folks to properly identify them. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_series_dealing_with_snakes_in_floridas_residential_areas

Sigrid Benson
October 23, 2014

I didnot sign up for a blog. I signed up for help in getting information about wildlife in housing developments. I already read the article about armadillos and wanted more specific information. And information not just aobut armadillos but also about snakes.

Sigrid Benson
October 23, 2014

So you recommend killing armadillos? What's the most humane way to do that? And by the way, when a coral snake comes in your yard, it is NOT a time to panic, as one homeowner did in Gulf Breeze last week. The responding policeman used a hoe to beat and hack the poor snake to death. What do you recommend for coral snakes (who are not that aggressive) and truly aggressive snakes like rattlers? Are there any applicable pamphlets I could get so we could make sure the police and fire departments get to learn the best way to handle those situations with hysterical homeonwers?

stan luczak
October 22, 2014

Is killing them the only solution once they are caught?

Doug Mayo
August 4, 2014

There are two herbicides that can be used to control horse nettles: the best choice is GrazonNext, and the other option is Remedy. Both products have a zero day grazing restriction, so they can be sprayed with the horses in the pasture. If the horse nettles are not everywhere you can spot treat the weeds and greatly reduce bot the cost and exposure to the herbicides. The GrazonNext is the preferred product, because it not only kills the weds, but also will control seedlings that emerge for several months after application.

Julia wickens
July 29, 2014

Horsenettle has become very invasive in one of our hay pastures where we grow Pennington Cheyenne Bermuda grass for horses. How can we get this under control without using herbicides unsafe for horses?

Devanand Hingoo
July 7, 2014

I am a consulting engineer and project developer. I am very interested in the prospects of Carinata as a bio-fuel. Any informtion available would be most welcome. Regards Devanand Hingoo

Sally Bean
December 5, 2013

Thank you. I have been planning to use 10% of enhanced agricultural vinegar but was waiting for cooler weather as per a story on the web. In the Spring I will try the notorious Roundup, if necessary, Yes, I will keep trying!

Matthew Orwat
December 5, 2013

Sally thank you for your interest. We have several articles on cogongrass on our ag site and in our archives. See the links below for more information. COGON GRASS ARTICLE: ID and Control of Cogongrass Cogongrass web site Cogongrass is best controlled with mixtures of glyphosate and imazapyr. This is typically done in pine forests, right of way areas or pastures. Home gardeners need to be careful when using such products since these herbicides will kill broadleaf perennials, shrubs and annuals. The only method I'd recommennd would be careful spot treatment with glyphosate by brushing on the product. Do not get any on the desirable plant material and follow all label directions. Do not incorporate imazapyr into the mix since it will keep the area bare for 6 months. The other alternative is to kill everything and start over once the cogongrass is 100% eradicated.

Matthew Orwat
December 5, 2013

Hello Joyce, Unfortunately, there is not a selective herbicide for the vine that will not harm the shrub as well. What I have had success with in the past is to wick or paint glyphosate (also sold as roundup, under many other names as well) on to the leaves of the vine, while being careful to not get even one drop on the desirable shrub. This may need to be repeated 2-3 times. It worked well for me. Always follow label directions when mixing and wear appropriate clothing according to the label directions. It is more effective in warmer weather.

Joyce Key
December 3, 2013

I have this vine in a few of my shrubs. I try to pull it out, but don't get the roots as they are deep within the shrub. Is there a herbecide I can use on the vine that won't harm the shrub? If not, how do I get rid of it?

Sally Bean
December 3, 2013

I wish you would include a discussion of Cogongrass which is listed as one of the (if not #1) most noxious weeds in the world. I have it and it appeared after Hurricane Ivan. I have tried everything I have read about it to remove it, without success. I am desperate as it is now in my flower garden. Will appreciate any suggestions!

Matthew Orwat
November 6, 2013

If you can find it; Carya aquatica, Water Hickory, would be your best choice. Read more by following this link for a publication on Water Hickory.

Martha Lyle
October 29, 2013

My home is at the top of Escambia Bay, very poor soil. There's a small creek that runs through my property into the bay. I think in the past we may have had hickory trees growing down near the water, but I don't know what kind. Which of the three would you suggest for my site? Appreciate your help!

sue wiley
September 15, 2013

thanks for info re mimosa. yuk!!! they are so hard to control. sue

Les Harrison
August 9, 2013

Cantaloupes are planted March - April in our area. They are fun to grow and were very successful in our garden. Visit our free publication site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/vh021 to get a copy of The Florida Vegetable Gardening Guide. It has all the information you need about planting vegetables in our area.

Karen Loewen
July 22, 2013

So, it's too late to plant Cantaloupes now?

Steve
May 17, 2013

As always, Mr. Harrison provides us all with good solid information that benefits us with with what it takes for successful gardening! Thanks for sharing.

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