Need something else to heat up your summer garden this year? The LSU AgCenter has selected Lime Sizzler firebush (Hamelia patensGrelmsiz) as one of the 2019 Louisiana Super Plants and Louisiana certified selections. This beautiful tropical, perennial shrub is root hardy in zone 8 and is hardy in USDA zones 8B to 11. It can be used as a summer annual in colder regions.
Firebush is a native from south Florida to Central and South America but was actually discovered at a nursery in south Texas where the plant was then patented, propagated and sold. It has been favored by landscapers and home gardeners from Texas to Florida ever since.
Lime Sizzler firebush sports flashy foliage of variegated chartreuse yellow and lime green with red veining in a whorled arrangement of four leaves that are 4 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide with a smooth texture.
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