This is a picture of hamelia grown in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It loves the hot, humid climate here and is quite prolific! I grow it from cuttings!
Dubai UAE zone 11
Even though it says full sun I have one in part shade it it does very well. They need good drainage, humming birds love it. If they are damaged by frost they will come back in spring.
The berries feed lots of wildlife here in Florida
Going to Seed
Scarlet leaves of the firebush. This is what the leaves looks like if the plant is in full sun.
It has grown much larger than I had expected when I planted it here. This is after I trimmed it and the lantanas back a month and a half before the photo was taken.Just starting to bloom.(San Antonio, Tx.)
The Mexican firebush foliage changes colors in the fall. It usually begins in the middle or at the end of October, intensifies in November (as shown here) and lasts until the first hard freeze when it dies back. (San Antonio, Tx.)
This bush attracted a hummingbird in the fall of 2003
Mexican Firebush. Beautiful leaves and flowers. Doing well in afternoon only sun. No wilt.
Obtained at Wal-Mart. Will grow in container, not hardy to zone 7a
The fruit is enjoyed by Mockingbirds
Photo taken by Lisa Anness, 1956-2005
I was so struck to find these black olive-like berries on my bushes! Hamelia patens is a terrific addition to the Texas garden!
Hurricane Wilma fell my 20' tree, after cutting it down I left the stump. This is what has grown in 4 months from the stump.
August 7, 2006, Brownsville, TX side of Sharps Elementary School
Mexican Firebush - Bloom Cluster
Mexican Firebush - Bloom Cluster Close-up
Mexican Firebush - Foliage
Hamelia patens, Venice, Florida, August 2007
looking at the business end of this bloom ........Hummingbirds love this plant!
the 'varigated' 1 on left is for this entry, the rt 1 is the dwarf. both are on my southside w/extra mulch come fall
dwarf on rt
Close up of Firebush flower. Photo used with permission from Carlos Somoza Landscape Design Studio (Miami, Florida)
Hamelia patens Jacq.
close up of bloom July zone 9b FL
The whole bush in mid July zone 9b FL, by the end of the year it will be twice this size if I don't trim it back some.
Bloom with berries end of September zone 9b Winter Springs, FL
Just starting to open
I find the berries more interesting than the flowers. December zone 9b