Erythrina herbacea

Coral Bean, Cherokee Bean

  • Family: Fabaceae
  • Form: Deciduous multi-stemmed shrub reaching 10-15 ft.
  • Leaves: Trifoliate, alternate, distinctly tri-lobed
  • Stem/Bark: Young green stems becoming fibrous and brown with age; short curved spines
  • Flower: Red, tubular, terminal racemes flowering before new leaves
  • Fruit: Green pods turning brown and exposing red seeds
  • Comments: Flowers appear after leaves have dopped, making them stand out against the bare, light bark
  • Additional Resources:
    IFAS document (pdf)
    The Institute for Regional Conservation Link
    Wikipedia Link
plant image here
1b.png 2b.png 3b.png 4b.png 5b.png