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Vermillionaire® Large Firecracker Plant Cuphea hybrid

(20 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

    Award Winner
    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'
  • 20 Reviews

    • So I grow this plant Vermillionaire or David Verity every year. This one is more available. I think David Verity is larger and more vigorous for me but they are both beautiful plants. I grow this in large containers for hummingbirds. It is one of the top hummingbird plants in my yard during fall migration. It is a reliable and easy plant to grow that is always full of flowers. Also as long as you do not let it go bone dry it is reasonably easy to overwinter small plants.

      Randall Benson
      , Minnesota
      , United States
      , 3 weeks ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Great for large containers or landscape border. Good pollinator plant, lots of bright flowers, works on drip in xeriscape.

      Sue Metzner
      , Arizona
      , United States
      , 7 weeks 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 raised bed, a planter and a windowbox. They grew okay but didn't draw as much attention as my salvias. I also planted them in my son's garden in Maryland with the same results. I'll plant just a couple this year as a novelty.

      Anna Gadd
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 10 weeks ago
      Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    • 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
      , 34 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
      , 35 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
      , 39 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
      , 43 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
      , 2 years 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
      , 2 years 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
      , 3 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
  • 3 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2019 Top Performer - Perrenial - Early Texas A&M - East Texas Bedding Plant Trial
    2018 Tried and True University of Tennessee - Jackson
    2018 Top Performer Penn State
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