CURRENTLY Blooming in the Campus of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) – at the Horticultural Nursery and Garden are these stunningly beautiful Flowers of the Erythrina x bidwillii plant.
FLOWERS of the CORAL BEAN TREE/FIREMAN’S CAP/SHRUB CORAL TREE/BIDWILL’S CORAL TREE:
Coral Bean Tree is named in honor of the English gardener and rancher John Carne Bidwill. Erythrina x bidwillii is a cross between the Cockspur Coral Tree (E. crista-galli) and E. herbacea from North America. It has dark red bloom which is born on spikes that can be up to three feet in length.
The Coral Bean Tree is also known as ‘Fireman’s Hat’ because of it’s beautiful panicles of bright red tubular flowers that resemble that hats of firemen. These blooms will appear in late spring, and are pollinated by perching birds. The Coral Bean Tree makes a nice small specimen tree or large shrub with trifoliate leaves.
Their Spectacular Flowers, Long Spikes up to two feet at the end of each branch tip, of Vermillion Lobster Claw Like Flowers attract HUMMING BIRDS.