Brownea ariza, Hermesias ariza , Scarlet Flame Bean

Brownea ariza, Hermesias ariza

Scarlet Flame Bean
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae
Origin: South America
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersOrnamental foliagePlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

This tropical American native occurs in Colombia and Venezuela, though it is widely grown in other tropical regions worldwide. A true tropical, it requires frost-free environment with hight air humidity. Assuming you can provide the tropical conditions, the species grows into a nice medium size tree 20-25 ft (smaller in containers), with dense umbrella-like canopy, spreading 15-20 ft wide.

Young leaves a pale green to pinkish, almost white, sometimes with light variegation, and hangs down like a large handkerchief (like in all related species (browneas, amherstia, maniltoa, etc.).

Flowering occurs on 3-4th year from seed, at the base of the branches. The flower lasts a few days, however the view is unforgettable.

Related species: Brownea grandiceps, Brownea capitella.

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