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Family: FABACEAE 

 Erythrina herbacea
 


Photo by Valentino Vallicelli, Llifle.net

 
Author:   Carl Linnaeus, 1753
Family:  Fabaceae
Origin:  South of North America, Mexico
Soil:  Mix or Peat
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium-Maximum
Thickness:  35 centimetres
Height:  3 Meters
Flower:  Red
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Cherokee Bean, Coralbean, Coral Bean, Red Cardinal, Cardinal Spear, Eastern Coralbean
Synonyms:  Erythrina humilis Salisb. 1796. Xyphanthus hederifolius Raf. 1817. Erythrina hederaefolia Spreng. 1826. Corallodendron herbaceum (Stilbellaceae) Carl Ernst Otto Kuntze, 1891. Erythrina rubicunda Jacq. Erythrina arborea Small, 1903.

Mother plant in Mexico, not sure of the ID! Guess it could be
Erythrina flabelliformis.
   This member of the Fabaceae family was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753 (and many others since...). It is found in the southern part of North America and Mexico, growing in well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. It can grow to three meters height, and the stem can get 35 centimetres in diameter. The flowers are red.

The genera name from Greek; eryhros; 'red' for the mostly red flowers. The species name means 'herb-like, with succulent stem'.
 

 
3 year old seedling. Not sure of the ID!                          The flowers from Plants.ces.ncsu.edu.
Guess it could be
Erythrina flabelliformis.