Firecracker Fern

Firecracker ferns (Russelia equisetiformis) are not really ferns, but shrubs.  They are very easy to grow; as a matter of fact, when the branches touch the ground they start sending out new roots.

I planted a few such branches some months ago in our flower pots and today we got our first red firecracker … or blossom.

firecracker fern

Firecracker ferns are also called Coral plants.  I find them ideal for growing on rocks, walls or in hanging baskets.
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