The First Time Ever…

that this Coral Tree, Pink Erythrina has ever bloomed. Actually, it was not at all what I thought it was going to look like. I was anticipating (for about 12 years) that the flowers would be red and shaped like a fireman’s cap. The label is long lost and I had to search for the plant on the internet. It was probably mislabeled as I might have noticed it said pink, not red. Nonetheless, it was exciting to see what the flower looked like, which unfortunately did not last for long


15 Comments on “The First Time Ever…”

  1. shoreacres says:

    It’s a pretty thing. Not only that, I’m sitting here right this minute looking at photos of the Coral Bean that’s suddenly appeared all over Galveston Island. Given the name of yours, and the scientific name of Coral Bean (Erythrina herbacea) I suspect this is a cultivar of our native. They’re certainly on the same schedule!

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, you are a patient gardener! That was a long wait. Maybe next year there will be more?

  3. Cathy says:

    A pretty flower, and perhaps this means it will flower even better next year. It was a long wait to see it!

  4. I see those growing wild around here and they are always red. Love when something finally flowers and surprises me.

  5. Hard to tell where the stamen is on that flower, or it is a cluster of flowers?

  6. tonytomeo says:

    Erythrina is such a variable genus! Those that are common in the Southeast are very different from the few that live in Southern California. I only recently learned about those that grow as small shrubbery, and might even die back to the ground in winter.

  7. pbmgarden says:

    Well you are certainly patient. Twelve years is a long wait. It is pretty though.


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