Erythrina herbacea from Lynn in SC

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Has red tube like blooms

Hi Lynn,

this is an attractive native plant called coral bean, Erythrina herbacea.  Tropical relatives in the genus are trees, but ours is more like a herb.  It has bright red seeds, and is pollinated by hummingbirds.  The seeds are considered to be poisonous.  I don’t know where you are, but his is normally found near the coast.


Steve Hill, Ph.D. Botanist, SCNPS

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