Erythrina is a genus containing some 100 trees and shrubs, most with spiny trunks and branches and a number that produce strikingly beautiful flowers. It has large three-parted leaves that may be solid green or boldly patterned with bright yellow; in regions with a pronounced dry season, these fall once a year and are followed by beautiful scarlet blossoms. There is also a less common white-flowering variety. It likes full sun and well-drained soil and bloom best after a period of drought. Quite large cuttings root easily. Season: Winter.
E. indica picta, one of the most commonly seen, desired especially for its unusual variagated leaves.