Flowers of Erythrina flabelliformis Overview, form and flowers of Erythrina flabelliformis Overview, form and flowers of Erythrina flabelliformis
Common Name Coral Bean, Southwestern Coral Bean, Colorines, Chilicote
Latin Name Erythrina flabelliformis
Native Habitat Sonoran Desert or USA and Mexico
Soil Dry to moist, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam, limestone, low to some organic content, well drained
Water Once to twice per month depending on soil in hot weather
Height X Width 10 feet X 8 feet
Protective Mechanism Prickly stems
Leaves Deciduous, green leaves, leafless and unattractive most of year
Garden Suitability Hummingbird, Sonoran, Butterfly
Ornamental Value Long bright red flowers in racemes near end of branches in June followed by foot long gold and brown pods
Nature Value Flowers used by butterflies and hummingbirds
Native American Uses None known
Links  
    Seeds http://www.b-and-t-world-seeds.com/carth.asp?species=Erythrina%20flabelliformis&sref=36243
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Fabaceae/Erythrina_flabelliformis.html
    Images and data http://www.desertmuseumdigitallibrary.org/public/detail.php?id=ASDM04363&sp=Erythrina%20flabelliformis
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/63923/
    Images http://www.desertmuseum.org/programs/alamos_trees_eryfla.htm
    Images and data http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/reds/red08.html
    Distribution map http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ERFL7&mapType=nativity&photoID=
Note: Red beans are highly poinsonous
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