If big and bodacious is your thing, then you need a Bidwill’s coral bean. I just snapped this photo of our clump of Erythina x bidwillii in the garden. This amazing hybrid of our North Carolina native coral bean with the South American coral bean is one amazing plant. It dies back to the ground in winter, then re-emerges from a giant underground woody caudex. It started flowering a few weeks ago and will continue until frost. Allow a spread of at least 10′ in width.