|I love this plant. Cherokee Bean is a spectacular bloomer and a super hummingbird plant. Here in North Florida, the usual clump of Cherokee Bean is around 4 to 5 feet tall, so when I glimpsed a huge red cluster across from the school I had to go investigate.|
The closer I got, the more I realized this was no ordinary Cherokee Bean.
|Not only did the abundant crimson tubular blossoms cover a large area, they also stretched high into the forest canopy.|
The highes blooms on this plant were probably 20 feet up.
I had never seen one like this ... partly because they are cold sensitive and tend to get frozen back to ground level on the average North Florida winter.
This one is on Cedar Key though, and being a true island, Cedar Key's temperatures are moderated by the surrounding Gulf waters.
So my hypothesis is that this lucky Cherokee Bean has been able to avoid winter damage and reach amazing heights.
Whatever the reason, it is a beauty.
I plan to slip in to that jungle of Smilax and Virginia Creeper soon and get a DBH on the hidden trunk(s).