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Russelia equisetiformis

Other Common Names: firecracker plant, coral fountain, fountainbush
Family: Plantaginaceae (formerly in Scrophulariaceae)

This is a mounding shrubby groundcover which is perfect for cascading over retaining walls. Red is the common old flower colour, but there are now pale yellow and pale orange varieties available. There are also new smaller, more compact dwarf forms.

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Where to buy Russelia in Qld

Regular garden centres are the place to look for Russelia.

Russelia equisetiformis in the Landscape

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Russelia equisetiformis
The old red variety
Russelia equisetiformis Tangerine Russelia equisetiformis tangerine
Russelia equisetiformis Lemon Russelia equisetiformis Lemon Russelia equisetiformis Lemon
Various flower colours
Russelia equisetiformis Dwarf Form Russelia equisetiformis Dwarf Form Russelia equisetiformis Dwarf Form
Russelia equisetiformis Dwarf Form
This appears to be one of the new dwarf forms.

Other Information Online

Russellia equisetiformis James Cook University
Russelia equisetiformis Fountain Plant The Florez Nursery blog, NSW
Russelia equisetiformis Missouri Botanical Garden

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