A genus of plants with trifoliate leaves and pea-shaped flowers mostly dark-red in color (the individual flowers being of large size and generally in large clusters) forming very striking objects in the garden or pleasure-ground. They delight in good heavy loam and plenty of water during the Summer months, and revel in our hottest sun. They do well nearly all over the State excepting close to the coast where the cool fogs of Summer are not agreeable to their sun-loving nature.
The tree species, Erythrina Humei, grows to the height of from forty to sixty feet. It is a native of South Africa.
Erythrina Indica is another of the family which ought to do better in California than experiments so far have shown. It grows to the height of about thirty feet and is a free bloomer, having great masses of pea-shaped, brilliant scarlet flowers.
These have several varieties which should be placed in warm, sheltered spots in our gardens.
Propagate by seeds sown in early Spring one-eighth of an inch deep in hot-bed; plant in permanent quarters the following May or early June.