PlantsRusselia→Red Rocket Russelia (Russelia sarmentosa)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8b -9.4 °C (15 °F) to -6.7 °C (20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 2 to 4 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 3 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Leaves are small, round in shape and deep green in color.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

This plant is always at peak bloom in the winter here in FL zone9

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Posted by sunkissed (Winter Springs, FL - Zone 9b) on Apr 28, 2016 6:06 AM

This is the first plant the hummingbirds visit in my garden. I've had this plant for about ten years in my garden. It will freeze if we dip below 32, and it suffers frost damage below 35, but it comes back, bigger and fuller each year. Blooms all year and reaches its peak in the winter months, a real stand-out fountain of red flowers. Even if this plant doesn't freeze down, I cut it back to the ground after flowers fade, usually around late February.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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