Skip to Content Skip to Navigation
Menu

Vermillionaire® Large Firecracker Plant Cuphea hybrid

(17 REVIEWS)
Exposure
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
28" 24"
Height
18 - 28"
Spread
12 - 24"
  • Details

    Features

    Garden VALEDICTORIAN.

    Abundant yellow orange flowers all season long; loves the heat and loved by hummingbirds

    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant
    Attracts: 
    Hummingbirds

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    18 - 28 Inches
    Spacing: 
    12 - 18 Inches
    Spread: 
    12 - 24 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Orange
    Flower Colors: 
    Red
    Flower Colors: 
    Yellow
    Flower Shade: 
    orange with red and yellow highlights
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Green
    Habit: 
    Mounded
    Container Role: 
    Filler

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Maintenance Notes: 

    Vermillionaire, like all Cuphea is a heat lover and will do best in warm gardens with bright light. Always keep this plant in full sun for best flowering and to avoid it stretching in the shade.

    Keep moist throughout the growing season, regular fertilizing will keep it full and constantly flowering. Once established Vermillionaire does not require a lot of water, but water regularly until it has grown a bit.

    This plant is a perennial in USDA zones 8 and higher, but should be considered an annual in colder climates. If you are in a marginally hardy area, an application of light mulch (like pine needles) about 6 inches deep and a foot wide. When the threat of frost is past, remove the layer of mulch. The plant should not be cut back in the winter.  If it has dead plant material or is leggy in spring, you can trim it back once new growth begins.

    Great hummingbird attractor! They love this plant, one of their preferred plants in most gardens.

    Vermillionaire® Cuphea hybrid 'cupver'
  • 17 Reviews

    • I use a lot of different plants to attract hummingbirds that are high in nectar. This plant is their favorite ... which makes it one of my favorites!!! So easy to grow ~ flowers all season continuing on past migration. I am adding this plant to my planning board for next year and every year!!!!!! <3 !!!!

      Mary Nass
      Wisconsin
      United States
      4 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • I live in NH and we had a cooler but dry summer. I had put the plants in both 12 " hanging planters and 24 "" wide 24" deep pots. The ones in the planters hardly grew but the ones in pots are about 30" tall in a very full bush with loads of flowers. Bother the Hummingbirds and Hummingbird moths like them. I will get more next year but stick with either raised planting beds or large pots.

      Don Armstrong
      New Hampshire
      United States
      6 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Talk about a hummingbird attractant! I've never seen a hummingbird before and I planted these as my center plant in pots with petunias. Just had my second hummingbird sighting! I'm over the moon excited! Will for sure be planting these again! Would love to see these in other colors as well!

      Shelby
      Illinois
      United States
      10 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • I bought this plant for the 1st time in May. Paid about $3 or $4 at Lowes. Planted it in a hanging basket and hung it on my deck. It is the BEST plant for attracting hummingbirds - much better than trumpet vine. I see hummingbirds feeding daily. I hope I can find it next year, because I want to buy enough for 3 hanging baskets.

      Sharon
      Maryland
      United States
      13 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Like previous reviewers have said, hummingbirds cannot get enough of this plant! They grew very well on my sunny deck in large containers. These ever blooming vibrant flowers will be the main attraction in most of my flower pots this year!

      Barb
      North Dakota
      United States
      1 year ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Like previous reviewers have said, hummingbirds cannot get enough of this plant! They grew very well on my sunny deck in large containers. These ever blooming vibrant flowers will be the main attraction in most of my flower pots this year!

      Barb
      North Dakota
      United States
      1 year ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • If you enjoy hummingbirds, you've got to get a few of these. The hummingbirds go to each flower and then start over. A real addiction. I wonder how the plant can keep up with the nectar production with such constant traffic. I grow them in 2 hanging baskets to keep the chipmunks and ground squirrels from eating them. One basket is in full day sun and the other is in half day morning sun. I've found no pests on them as yet. We live at 7800 ft elevation in Colorado and the Cuphea Vermillionaire does fantastic but I do have to treat it as an annual.

      Kathy King
      Colorado
      United States
      2 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • The ONLY thing hummingbirds like more than this plant is a feeder. I have 2 of these plants on my deck this year and the hummingbirds come within just a few feet of me to get after these plants. Have no idea what's inside those tubular flowers but hummingbirds are addicted to them. Cut your water bill in half and buy one or 2 of these plants. Your local hummingbird members will thank you. Oh and did I mention low maintenance. Beware though...Japanese beetles consider this plant a delicacy as well and will cluster by the dozens on them in a matter of hours. And the damage in their wake is serious if left untreated. Cheers

      Matthew Lamb
      Maryland
      United States
      3 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Great hummingbird attractant

      Bill
      British Columbia
      Canada
      3 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • I planted this in a hanging basket but unfortunately only got full sun after 1 pm. It did well but not as good as it could have. HOWEVER, my hummingbirds just went crazy over it. They actually went to every single flower on the plant , dipping into it. I will most certainly plant it again.

      Lorraine Vallint
      British Columbia
      Canada
      3 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
  • 11 Recipes

  • 1 Video

Back to Top

Find plants you love and create idea boards for all your projects.

To create an idea board, sign in or create an account.