oblong, lanceolate, ovate
orange, red, yellow
May - November
1.4 - 2.0
Usually unarmed, but sometimes with a few weak prickles.
Widely cultivated and easily grown from seed. Because of genetic variability plants raised from seed vary in height and flower color. For uniformity plants are best propagated by cuttings. Stem cuttings can be taken anytime during the growing season and should include at least two nodes and one pair of leaves. When inserted in growing media insert at least one node below the soil line. Cuttings root easily but should be protected from full sun until rooted.
A widely cultivated ornamental with a tendency to escape. Naturalized throughout most of Louisiana and central and south Texas. Much research has been done on the toxic qualities of this shrub. Not all cultivars/varieties are reported to be toxic.
Roadsides and waste places, usually escaped cultivation.