Hamelia cuprea is a close relative to our native firebush (Hamelia patens). Bahama Firebush, is native to Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, and the Cayman Islands. However, despite its common name, is not native to the Bahamas. Its leaves are larger and glossier than our native firebush, and its flowers are bell shaped and much showier than Hamelia patens. In the fall and winter, the leaves turn a bronze color. The overall appearance of Bahama Firebush is conical and denser due to its larger leaves. Like our native Firebush, Bahama Firebush is also an excellent nectar source for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Richard Lyons Nursery has the Bahama Firebush in stock as well as the S. Florida native.