The Esperanza puts on a spectacular show when they bloom.
Esperanza blooms from spring to fall here in South Texas. You will mostly see them with yellow blooms, but there is also a beautiful orange/peach shade also. You can find yellow bloomers any day of the week, but trying to find one that blooms orange can be a challenge. I was lucky to come across an orange bloomer and gather a few seed pods. I was thrilled when I was able to get a few going from seed only to lose them last winter when we were colder than normal. Since then I have proceeded to lose my seed (I mean misplace them).
I have two yellow blooming Esperanza that I started from see that did survive last winter (their first winter). One is 6′ tall and hasn’t bloomed yet at all, while the other is about 3′ tall and has been blooming nicely the past month (finally!)
I did not have luck starting any from seed this spring/summer so I broke down and bought three more to fill in along the fence in the above photo. I will still be on the look out for some orange blooming ones, either to buy as a plant or to get another seed pod.
The Esperanza is a Texas Native. It has many likeable qualities. It can handle full sun here is South Texas, but will do well in light shade too. The flowers are beautiful and it blooms through the spring, summer and fall. You can trim it to keep it more full. It attracts hummingbirds, bees and other birds. It is one of the deer resistance plants. I hope to plant some in our front gardens to test the deer resistant theory!
There is a variety of Esperanza that is more cold tolerant. I am not sure which one I have. We have had two really cold winters from South Texas (colder than “normal”) and I am happy that two of mine survived. This winter I will mulch more heavily around them to help protect them as much as I can.
Here are some details (compliments of Dave’s Garden):
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun to Partial Shade
Seed is poisonous if ingested
Late Spring/Early Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Here area a few links with more information: