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Vermillionaire® Large Firecracker Plant Cuphea hybrid

(14 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'
  • 14 Reviews

    • 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
      6 days 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.
    • I am in PA, Zone 6a. This plant grew to the height and width mentioned in the plant description in large containers on my deck. I did fertilize it about once every week or two with a liquid fertilizer. It grew very well and was always in flower with plenty of blooms. It did not need deadheading. It remained upright even through rain showers and wind. The hummingbirds were very attracted to this plant and were seen feeding from it every day. The only downside was that the Japanese beetles skeletonized the leaves in July. However, it still had flowers. The plant did rebound after the beetles finally went away. I plan on buying again this spring and would recommend.

      Lisa
      Pennsylvania
      United States
      3 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • Bought a bedraggled, bone dry Vermillionaire (think Charlie Brown Christmas tree) and decided to give it a go. It struggled for weeks, growing only a few flowers and maybe an inch or 2 in height. Once I placed it in a larger pot, it took off. Now it stands over 14 inches tall, has 40-50 orange tubular flowers about it and a very healthy dark green foliage. The plant just seems to get stronger as the summer gets hotter and more humid. Everything about this plant is rather unique and I will look forward to getting one early next year. Only problem...Japanese beetles favor this plant more than any other in my garden. They damaged my Vermillion significantly in July but it is rebounding now. Highly recommend.

      Matthew Lamb
      Maryland
      United States
      3 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    • First year growing this plant, performing very well as potted plant on my sunny deck. I have a lot of plants for the butterflies and hummingbirds, but this is a favorite with the hummingbirds. I will definitely plant it again next year.

      Pat
      Iowa
      United States
      4 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
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