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Coral Bean

As summer-flowering plants fade, it’s great to have other plants that add interest in the fall. One option is coral bean, a native plant that’s just starting to put on a show.

Coral bean’s seed pods mature in fall, splitting open to reveal bright red seeds nestled inside. Just be sure to keep them away from kids and pets, since the seeds are poisonous.

Coral bean also attracts interest in spring and summer, drawing hummingbirds and butterflies to its tall stalks of tubular red flowers.

In North and Central Florida coral bean grows as a large perennial, reaching 6 feet tall before it freezes to the ground in winter. In South Florida it grows as a large deciduous shrub or small tree.

This Florida-Friendly plant is a great choice for the back of your borders, so try it today.

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