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Cuphea 'Vermillionaire' is often confused with:
Cuphea llavea Cuphea llavea
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Lantana camara 'Miss Huff' Background plant with Monarda didyma, summer, Moore County
Gaillardia pulchella Swallowtail butterfly
Clivia Clivia

Firecracker Plant Cuphea 'Vermillionaire'

Other plants called Firecracker Plant:

Description

This Cuphea hybrid thrives in average soil, needs full sun to appreciate its showy continuous blooms throughout the growing season.  Keep the soil moist and consistently fertilized for the best flower show.  Once established it is somewhat drought tolerant but if planted in a container do not let the soil get overly dry as it can cause leaf burn and drop.  It is a perennial in zone 8 and higher but considered an annual in any zones lower.  Mulching with a 6-inch layer of pine straw will protect the root zone and the plant in marginally zoned areas.  Do not cut the plant back in the winter, but wait until the plant starts to grown in the spring.  

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#orange#container plant#wildlife plant#nectar plant#orange flowers#mass planting#bedding plant#long-lasting flowers#orange flower#dense#borders
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#orange#container plant#wildlife plant#nectar plant#orange flowers#mass planting#bedding plant#long-lasting flowers#orange flower#dense#borders
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cuphea
    Family:
    Lythraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Wildlife Value:
    Loved by hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators it is preferred nectar plant. Bumble bees will not go in through the tubular flowers, but rather chew at the base of the flower to get the nectar.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heat, drought
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Mounding
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    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
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • 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 Description:
    Abundant firey-hot yellow-orange or red flowers all season long from planting to frost, continuous bloomer, deadheading not necessary.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Lance-shaped glossy deep green 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
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Fairy Garden
    Formal English Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Heat