Erythrina herbacea from JordanSC

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Next to marsh in Rockville. Hummingbirds like it

Hi Jordan,

this is an attractive type of bean called coral bean, Erythrina herbacea. The beans when ripe are exposed and are a bright red color.  However, as with most wild red beans, they are very toxic.  In fact, the entire plant is poisonous to people if eaten.  Yet it is a wonderful wildflower, and it does attract hummingbirds. In the tropics, Erythrina species are usually trees.


Dr. Steven Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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