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Cuphea 'Vermillionaire' (Large Firecracker Plant)

Large Firecracker Plant 'Vermillionaire', Vermillionaire Cuphea


Noted for its dense floral display, Cuphea 'Vermillionaire' (Large Firecracker Plant) is a compact, well branched perennial, usually grown as an annual, boasting masses of tubular bright orange flowers from late spring to the first frosts. Rich in nectar, the blossoms are attractive to hummingbirds and other pollinators. Blooming freely all season, this Cuphea enjoys a mounding habit and a pretty foliage of lance-shaped, slightly glossy, deep green leaves. Easy to grow, heat and drought tolerant, disease resistant, it is a terrific addition to sunny garden beds and containers where it creates a dazzling display through the summer.

  • Grows up to 18-28 in. tall (45-70 cm) and 12-24 in. wide (30-60 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun or light shade in medium moisture, well-drained soils. Keep moist throughout the growing season.
  • This Cuphea is perennial in hardiness zones 8-11 but treated as an annual in cooler areas.
  • No deadheading necessary. Will do best if fertilized on a regular basis.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Plants may be propagated by tip cuttings.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Heat Zones 6 – 11
Climate Zones 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Cuphea
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Heat Zones 6 – 11
Climate Zones 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Cuphea
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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