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Wildflowers of Texas, Plant Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin



Coral Bean   Erythrina herbacea    
Pea family — Fabaceae

Also known as:
Eastern Coral Bean, Colorín, Cherokee Bean, Mamou

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The coral bean is a shrub, but it will die back to the ground in cold winters. It grows in sandy woods near the coast and inland in southeastern Texas. It is as conspicuous in fruit as in flower because of the persistent red seeds, and for this reason it is much cultivated--not entirely a good thing, because the seeds are poisonous. The odd but magnificent flowers are produced in the spring or early summer.

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Flowering Months: April, May, June

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