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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...likes it hot and sunny...an AWESOME specimen!