A multi-branching, evergreen subshrub with 4- to 5-foot-long arching 4-angled stems that have leaves that have been reduced to very small scale-like ovate leaflets. Both stems and leaves are a bright green color and new grow starts erect but rapidly bends over to form a graceful mound. In full sun the stems and leaves can take on a reddish tint. Primarily in spring and summer, the tips of the branches are graced with bright red tubular flowers, but flowering can occur any time of the year with flower buds only dropping off if temperatures become too cool. Plant in full sun to deep shade though flowering is far better out in full sun or where it can at least get half day sun. Tolerates wind, desert heat and most any soil with medium drainage but does requires fairly regular to occasional irrigation to look its best – can be kept drier in shade but does not bloom well. Can be trained up a trellis to make a taller more vertical plant and is an excellent plant for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden and is listed by some as being resistant to deer predation. Common name for this plant is Firecracker Plant.