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This selection of the spectacular Southeast native coral bean is from seed collected in Marion Co., Texas on our 2004 expedition. This particularly tall form was collected along a dry dirt road, where it seemed quite happy. E. herbacea makes a huge underground storage root, so plant it where you want it to stay. In late spring, the green spikes of three-lobed leaves emerge upward. Soon after the leaves unfurl, the terminal spikes of bright red pokers strut their stuff. If your town is too small for traffic lights, hang the flowers upside down in each intersection...voila, redneck stop lights. Hot and dry and you've got the growing conditions figured out.
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