Mexican firebush likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 8 – Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Mexican firebush is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures.
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See a list of companion Plants for Mexican firebush to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
Transplanting Mexican firebush
In recent years Firebush has been successfully promoted as a heat and sun loving annual bedding plant by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. Although a shrub in its native habitat, and a perennial in the southern third of the state, Firebush really struts its stuff as a low maintenance, long season annual bedding plant.
Grown as a perennial, Firebush has a few drawbacks. First of all it will freeze and die most years north of Interstate 10. In addition, it doesn’t start growing and blooming from a surviving root system until the temperatures get very hot. This means that you and your hummingbirds have nothing to admire until it’s too hot to do so. With the use of bottom heat and warm greenhouses, producers can provide blooming bedding plants which give instant as well as lasting color in the landscape. As an added bonus, as temperatures cool in the fall, Firebush foliage turns to a burning red.
These perennial plants which are used as landscape annuals have been jokingly referred to as “perannials.” Tropical perennials tend to make great southern annuals due to their heat tolerance and season long performance. Initially they may cost more, but they make it up with their endurance. Lantana and Copper Plant are two other good examples. These “perannials” are often removed with the first frost and replaced with cool season annuals such as pansies, snapdragons, and ornamental cabbage or kale.