Firebush is a large perennial shrub or a small tree of the family Rubiaceae and is native to the American subtropics. Its range extends from Florida to as far south as Argentina. Common names include firebush, hummingbird bush, scarlet bush, and redhead bush.
This fast-growing and showy drought-resistant evergreen shrub with bright red blooms is one of the prettiest native plants Florida has to offer. It blooms in the spring through fall. Its nectar-filler flowers attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds,
It is currently blooming in the Butterfly Garden and Bromeliads Garden at the Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts.
For more information visit SarasotaGardenClub.org.
Submitted by Kay Weber, Botanical Gardens Chair