Russelia equisetiformis

There are plants so decorative that it seems that they have been taken from a story, and there are others that can also be had in the garden or in a pot. One of them is Russelia equisetiformis, known as a coral plant for the magnificent color of its flowers.

If you want to have a unique species, very rare but easy to care for, this file has been written for you .

Origin and characteristics

Image – Wikimedia/ Eurico Zimbres

Our protagonist is a shrubby plant native to Mexico whose scientific name is Russelia equisetiformis. Popularly it receives the names of coral plant, tears of love, ruselia or coral rain. It reaches a height between 0.50 and 1.50 meters, and has a hanging and highly branched shape. The leaves of the lower branches are linear-lanceolate, and in the upper part they are reduced to scales. It is semi-perennial, which means that it does not lose all the leaves at once.

The flowers are tubular, coral-red in color, hence its common name. They pollinate themselves thanks to hummingbirds. The fruit is a capsule.

What are their cares?

Image – Flickr/ Stefano

If you dare to have a specimen of Russelia equisetiformis, we recommend that you provide the following care:

  • Location: it must be outside, in full sun.
  • Land:
    • Pot: universal growing substrate mixed with 30% perlite.
    • Garden: grows in rich, well-drained soil.
  • Watering: 3-4 times a week in summer, and every 4-5 days the rest of the year.
  • Subscriber: in spring and summer, once a month with ecological fertilizers.
  • Multiplication: by seeds, cuttings or layers in spring.
  • Planting or transplanting time: in spring, when the risk of frost has passed and temperatures begin to stay above 15ºC.
  • Rusticity: withstands cold and frost down to -2ºC.

What did you think of this plant? Have you heard of her?

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