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Plant Details

Erythrina herbacea

Coral Bean, Coralbean, Coral-bean, Redcardinal, Cardinal-spear

Scientific Name:

Erythrina herbacea

Genus:

Erythrina

Species Epithet:

herbacea

Common Name:

Coral Bean, Coralbean, Coral-bean, Redcardinal, Cardinal-spear

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Fabaceae (Legume Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

3-6 ft., 6-12 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Red

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Maritime forests, dry sandy woodlands, sandhills in the outer Coastal Plain. Rare on the NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

E: Endangered (*Key)

Notes:

Hummingbirds get nectar from this plant. It is a perennial in our area, but a woody plant farther south and west.

The tropical-looking foliage and flowers of Coralbean

Ranging from SE NC where it is rare, to eastern Mexico, Coralbean is a beautiful hummingbird plant. A good garden plant as well.

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C. Paynter, Wilmington

Leaves

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C. Paynter, Wilmington

Seed pod and seeds

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C. Paynter, Wilmington

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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