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coral bean 250Coral Bean (Erythrina herbacea) is a native plant with arrowhead-shaped leaflets grouped in threes on long stalks. In the winter, most of the leaves fall off and are replaced by bright red flowers. The coral bean blossoms contain nectar and attract both hummingbirds and butterflies. When in bloom, the flowering stalks resemble a string of firecrackers and are easily seen on the grounds of the Environmental Learning Center and Snail Trail.

Coral bean is in the pea family and produces red seeds in long, black pods. Growing as a shrub or small tree, coral bean is found in tropical hardwood and oak hammocks throughout the southeastern U.S. The coral bean is a Florida friendly plant and can be very salt-tolerant, making it a great option to grow in coastal landscapes however, the seeds are toxic if consumed.

The coral bean blossoms contain nectar and attract both hummingbirds and butterflies. Coral bean is in the pea family and produces red seeds in long, black pods. Growing as a shrub or small tree, coral bean is found in tropical hardwood and oak hammocks throughout the southeastern U.S. The coral bean is a Florida friendly plant and can be very salt-tolerant, making it a great option to grow in coastal landscapes however, the seeds are toxic if consumed.

 

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