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Cuphea 'Vermillionaire'

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KYOO-fee-uh
Description

Firecracker Plant is a perennial from tropical America that blooms continuously from spring to frost with showy reddish-orange tubular blooms. It has a mounding habit and grows to 30 or more inches tall and 2 feet wide. It attracts hummingbirds and other pollinators. The plant is tolerant of heat and humidity.

Plant in average moist garden soil in full sun and fertilize monthly for best flowering. No deadheading needed but stems may be pinched back if the plant becomes leggy. In zones 7 and lower grow it as an annual. If you live in a marginal zone area be sure to mulch it well in winter and don't cut the plant back until new spring growth appears.

Grow this plant in borders, mass plantings or containers.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#orange#container plant#wildlife plant#nectar plant#orange flowers#mass planting#bedding plant#long-lasting flowers#dense#borders
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cuphea
    Family:
    Lythraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tropical America
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts pollinators and hummingbirds
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heat, drought
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Mounding
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Produces clusters of small, narrow tubular reddish-orange flowers with yellow to white tips and dark red stamens. The pistils and stamens protrude from the flowers, which have six lobes. They will bloom all season and do not need to be deadheaded.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Glossy green lance-shaped leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Recreational Play Area
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Cottage Garden
    English Garden
    Fairy Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Heat
    Humidity