This shrub is a showy, fast growing plant. It can
be used as a hedge or as a stand-alone accent bush.
Seeds or cuttings.
Scales and mites
Scarlet-Bush (often referred to as Firebush) grows all
year round. Its maximum color is during the summer
months. The plant's berries will attract various species of
It's Mayan name Ix-canan means "guardian forest" and
indigenous people in Central and South America use the leaves,
flowers and stems to prepare a natural medicine to treat all types
of skin problems and relieve menstrual cramps. It also is
effective as an anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, for fevers, diarrhea, postpartum
pain and menstrual disorders. Scientists in three different
countries have documented this plant's antibacterial and
antifungal properties against a wide range of fungi and bacteria
with water or ethanol extracts of the plant.