I happened to be at McMenamin’s Edgefield over the weekend and nearly peed down my leg when I saw this Chilean Flame Tree and the hummingbird action it was receiving. There were only a few flowers down low, but I did finally get to see them up close.
While I do actually have this plant (from Cistus) mine is only about 10" high and going on its second year in the garden. It is going to be quite a few years before the "hummingbird buffet" is open for business.
The Chilean Flame Tree is stunning in late spring/early summer when it covers itself with bright scarlet flowers. An excellent garden plant, evergreen in mild winters, deciduous when the temperatures go into the teens. A slender tree to 25’ eventually in full to part sun, with regular water. Loves cool ground so best in a north aspect and with ground covering plants to protect the roots. No phosphorous fertilizer. Cold hardy to Zone 7b.
There was also this shrub. I don't know this plant personally, but a plant nerd friend I.D.'d it as possibly an Iochroma ('Empress'?), a solanum from South America. The flowers were white hanging trumpets. It may be on the verge of its range here in Portland and he thought may die back quite a bit in the winter. The hummers seemed to love it too.