UPDATE: The answer is Firecracker Bush, Bouvardia ternifolia. See you back here next month for September’s Plant of the Month!
This month we’re changing things up a bit, and we want YOU to guess the Plant of the Month for August! If you’ve been out in the rocky upland areas around Tucson lately, especially Madera Canyon, you most likely spotted this plant. This attractive species is a great addition to native plant gardens, and will be sure to attract hungry pollinators.
Our Plant of the Month blooms between April and October, and the flower is tubular, bright red, and very showy. Flowers grow in clusters, and each blossom splits into tiny lobes. The entire plant generally grows to three feet tall and prefers partial shade. Leaves are lance-shaped and can be up to three inches in length. If you touched a leaf, you’d feel tiny soft hairs.
We are not the only ones who love this plant; hummingbirds, butterflies, and moths eagerly pollinate this plant when it’s in bloom. Some species that love feasting on its nectar include the Cloudless Sulphur and Southern Dogface butterflies, and the Falcon Sphinx moth.
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