Russelia equisetiformis, Firecracker Fern, Firecracker Plant, Coral Plant, Coralblow, Fountain Plant

Firecracker Fern

Russelia equisetiformis

Common Names: Firecracker Plant, Coral Plant, Coralblow, Fountain Plant

Light: Full Sun/Part Shade

Height: 3′

Spacing/Spread: 3′

Evergreen: Yes.

Color: Red flowers .

Interest: Spring blooms, Year around evergreen foliage.

Landscape Companions:

Texas Native: No, plant is Texas Adapted.


Wildlife habitat:


Features: A great fern like perennial. Red blooms on an evergreen, drought tolerant Texas adapted.

Austin Native Landscaping: “An evergreen fernlike, flowering, drought tolerant perennial that is adapted to our fiery summers? Yes please, I’ll take two! This smallish, fern look alike, droops with ample of red and delicate blooms at spring and remains an interesting element during the winter when its intricate foliage stands out in the winter gloom. Thrives in both full sun and part shade,  drought resistant, and virtually maintenance free, this firecracker is a real dynamite of a plant choice!”



Family: Scrophulariaceae (Pronounced – skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee)

Genus: Russelia (Pronounced – russ-EL-ee-uh)

Species: equisetiformis (Pronounced – eck-kwiss-ee-tih-FOR-mis)

Propagation: Stem cuttings.



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4 comments… add one
  • Donna

    August 3, 2013, 4:34 pm

    One of these beautiful plants were given to me and I was told it wasn’t cold tolerant, but from what I read, it is ok to be planted in the ground and ok for winter without coverings. Now, regarding propagation. Cut the stems and then what. Root in water? Put cut stems directly into the ground. Or rooting medium? I look forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you, Donna

  • Linde Brittain

    May 19, 2014, 12:36 pm

    Hello, I live in El Paso; I am not a business, just a consumer.
    I used to have these beautiful plants in my containers and large planters around my home.
    The frost killed all last winter. SAD !!
    I am unable to find any locally and am wondering if you could recommend a supplier near my home.
    Thank you for your time.

    • admin

      June 2, 2014, 3:11 pm

      Yes a mature Firecracker Fern is quite lovely!
      Not much experience in the El Paso area,
      Perhaps our readers have a clue?

  • Linda Strange

    June 13, 2014, 9:35 am

    I found the firecracker fern at this website.


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