Plantidote of the Day 2012-08-21
Scarlet bush, Mexican fire bush, hummingbird bush
A hummingbird and butterfly favorite, scarlet bush seems to fall in the gray area between garden plant and weed, depending on whether you planted it or the birds did it for you. Scarlet bush is happiest in Zones 8 through 11. It needs full sun and moderate amounts of water.
A relative of the coffee plant, scarlet bush produces black berries that birds like to eat. I'm not seeing any mention of toxicity, but if someone knows otherwise, please tell us about it in a comment. Plantidote is a collaborative effort, and the more collaborators, the better!
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