Firecracker plants name was inspired by the scarlet, long, tubular flowers which resemble red colored firecrackers, so common in India. Also called, coral plant, it is a multi-branched subshrub with slender, rushlike stems that are angled with ridges and leaves that are reduced to little more than small scales. The wiry branches start out erect then fall over to cascade down in lengths as long as 4 ft.
Common name(s): Firecracker plant, Coral plant, Rasili
Flower colours: Red
Bloom time: Flowers freely
Max reachable height: 2 to 4 feet
Difficulty to grow: Easy to grow
Planting and care
Prepare a potting mixture using equal parts sand, perlite and peat. Fill a pot until there is only 1 inch between the rim of the pot and the surface of the soil.
Identify a healthy branch with a growing tip that has at least two leaves near the tip of the branch. Sever the branch 6 inches below the tip and remove any leaves other than the two closest to the tip of the branch.
Sunlight: Full sun
Soil: Loam, Sand, Well-drained soil
Temperature: 65 to 75 degrees F
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
Caring for Russelia
Add top soil or organic peat humus to the hole when you plant. You can also add composted cow manure to the mix to enrich the soil around the root ball.
Cut back too tall or wayward shoots, if you like, but avoid a hard pruning of the entire plant - it may never grow out of it and recover its original beauty.
Typical uses of Russelia
Special features: Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.