Erythrina x bidwillii
Bidwill's Hybrid Coral Bean
Item #: 487
Zones: 7b to 10b, at least
Height: 72" tall
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?
In the early 1840s at Australia's Camden Park, under the watchful eye of William Macarthur, our US coral bean, Erythrina herbacea, had some unsafe sex with the South American Erythrina crista-galli...back when international treaties still allowed such debauchery. What they were doing there together is still an untold story, but what resulted is one helluva offspring. Erythrina x bidwillii emerges from the ground in late spring to form a 6' tall x 8' wide mound of arching stalks adorned with giant, pea-like foliage. From June until frost, the 6' long stalks are topped with 20" long terminal spires of bright red, lipstick-like, hummingbird-preferred flowers...so incredible it's hard to describe. It makes an AWESOME specimen that likes it hot and sunny!
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