Meet the Natives: Coralbean
Do you have a plant in your yard that has dropped its leaves? Don’t be concerned. There are a handful of native plants that are semi-deciduous in the winter season. One example is Coralbean, also known as Cherokee bean (Erythrina herbacea). This tall shrub or small tree tends to drop its distinctive, triangular-shaped leaves prior to blooming. The blooms are showy stalks of tubular red flowers which are a nectar source for pollinators. The flowers are followed by brown seed pods which open to unveil shiny, scarlet seeds. While these seeds are attractive, they are also poisonous to pets and humans. Coralbean grows to 15 to 20 inches tall in Southwest Florida; it takes full sun to partial shade and can tolerate dry to moist soils.