“Some dropping low their crimson bells,
Half closed, and others studded wide with disks and tears” Tennyson
The Corinithians Resort & Club , Pune, Maharashtra is an expansive property spread over hillocks at the edge of the Historical and Culturally Rich City of Pune in Western India.
It was here that I was mesmerized by bushels of Ivory -White tubular flowers that cascaded over near-leafless Stems.
The Rasili ( Hindi) , Firecracker or Coral Plant or Fountain Bush ( English), Russelia equisetiformis ( Scientific name) as the common names suggest as well is however a Shrub bearing an explosion of Red Flowers.
But I was in for a surprise as here I was seeing a clone of the Firecracker Plant bearing Ivory White Flowers. I had seen them in Red but seeing them in Off white or Ecru was indeed a Wonderful Surprise.
Have a look at the picture below to compare the flowers of the same species but with flowers in different colours.
The Original has left a streak of Red in the Cultivated Clones in the cascading Fountain of Flowers that literally flow onto one another.
These lovely Tresses of Blooms originally come all the way from Guatemala in the Americas not only look beautiful but are “WATERWISE” as well.
The characteristic of near- invisible leaves probably assists in conserving water, now a precious resource.
Certain compounds called Lupeol have been extracted from this profusely flowering but Waterwise Bush which works as a natural Cure for Malaria and has anti inflammatory properties ( thus helps people suffering from arthritis) as well.
An Enchanting and Wise Firecracker of a Plant, do you not agree ?