A plant known as a firespike or scarlet flame should tell you immediately this is special. And if you are an adventurous gardener, right now they are showing out in your landscape and attracting both hummingbirds and butterflies. They are indeed among the best for the backyard nature habitat.
The firespike is known botanically as Odontonema strictum and is native to Central America. It is in the acanthus family, which offers many of our finest landscape flowers and foliage such as the Brazilian plume flower, yellow shrimp plant and sanchezia. The list is long and the firespike is among the best.
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