Friday, September 3, 2010

More about the Fireweed (or Firebush)



The Mexican Firebush is starting to get some FIRE, hurray. The formal name is 'Hamelia', and we found this one at a nursery out near Fredericksburg, but I have also seen it here, at the Natural Gardener, at The Great Outdoors and even Home Depot. It can get quite a bit bigger I understand and it gets dark purpley berries, and the leaves also get a firey-red colour in the late fall. The "fire" flowers can be this orangy-yellow colour but also more red. It really is great.

One thing to note. Mine seemed dead in the spring, and I was mourning the loss and getting ready to by a new one. Then I read that it does come back, but it takes a while, and most people are too impatient and give it up for lost. SO, I decided I was not going to be one of THOSE people, and I exercised every ounce of patience I could muster, (only poking at the ground occasionally), and low and behold it really did come back. I hope you will come to love it too.

2 comments:

  1. Need to try this one. Didn't know it got purple berries!

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  2. The berries are so dark they are almost black. Find a sunny place for it, and give it a try.

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