Coral Bean (Erythrina herbacea) is a tropical shrub or small tree showcasing showy flowers and bright seeds native to Florida. The red, tubular shaped flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies from spring into summer while the seed pods provide a striking display in the fall. This Erythrina species is salt tolerant and a great choice for coastal landscapes. While very showy spring through fall, Coral Bean has a sparse appearance during the winter months. The thorny shrub grows 6-12 ft. tall and 3-6 ft. wide and dies back each year when planted in regions that experience freezes.
In North America, indigenous peoples used the roots of Coral Bean to increase perspiration.
Salt and drought tolerant, native to Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida.
We currently have 1 herbarium specimens for Erythrina herbacea in our collection. Click on any specimen below to view the herbarium sheet data.