Busiest Bush on the Block

The Hummingbird Bush was literally buzzing.

There were many kinds of bees,


hummingbirds and

in the evening, Hummingbird Moths.

A Green Anole was getting into the action, hoping for a bug snack. In the Fall, the birds will eat the ripened berries.

Hamelia paten, named after Frenchman Henri Hamel, is a large shrub/small tree that is native to Mexico.  It has many common names including, firebush, scarlet bush, Mexican firebush, Mexican firecracker, Texas firebush and in Mayan, Ix Canaan. In this area, we call it Hummingbird Bush. All of these names give us a good reason to learn botanical names.

The Hamelia paten is related to coffee plants and in Mexico, the fruits are fermented into a drink.

It is certainly a versatile plant that feeds many and produces bright red flowers for humans to enjoy.

13 Comments on “Busiest Bush on the Block”

  1. Deb says:

    Wonder if the anole knows the difference between a bee or bug? 🧐😊 lovely shrub

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Seems like a valuable garden plant, and I liked learning a bit of its background of origin.

  3. Lovely bush that is still giving to everyone, even at this late time of year. One of those plants that gives in so many ways.

  4. Tina says:

    Oooh, one of my favorites! I finally found one spot for mine, though it’s on the side of the house and on one but the pollinators and myself can see it. I grew up in Corpus and like where you live, they do very well. Your shots are great and show what a wonderful wildlife plant the hamelia is.

  5. shoreacres says:

    I just looked at the USDA map, and found it’s native to Florida, too. That makes sense, since south Florida is full of plants that also thrive in Mexico, Cuba, and so on. It is a beautiful plant, whose name I’ve never been sure of. Maybe now I can remember it.

    And you have hummingbird moths! Lucky you!

  6. Chloris says:

    What lovely creatures and the Hamelia paten is fabulous.

  7. Interesting! and the photos are beautiful. I rarely have hummers but there has been one tiny green one around the Firebush for days. Do you have the green bees? We have several species of Firebush here, one native and the botanists argue about the rest. The one that came up from seed in my garden attracts the most butterflies, especially Zebra Longwings.

  8. tonytomeo says:

    I am not familiar with this one. I do not remember it even in Southern California. We certainly like our hummingbirds here.

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