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Russelia equisetiformis 'Alba'

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Russelia (russ-EL-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: equisetiformis (eck-kwiss-ee-tih-FOR-mis) (Info)
Cultivar: Alba

10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Apr 19, 2013, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Adore this plant. Not quite as vigorous as the red russelia so it's taking a bit longer to build my patch of this plant. Very easy and low maintenance. Mine is planted inground, mostly sun.

Positive aprilwillis On Feb 23, 2006, aprilwillis from Missouri City, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Love this plant- love the coral one also. In the summer when everything looks dead this guy is just pumping out the color. Have one that has one coral branch and another that produced a single bicolor flower! Easy to grow.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Redwood City, California
Bartow, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Navarre, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Missouri City, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Spring, Texas

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