Firecracker Plant flowers
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Height: 24 inches
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 8b
Other Names: Firecracker Flower
A lovely tropical plant with beautiful, mounded, shiny deep green leaves; flowers in shades of orange-red or yellow rise above on spikes in summer; does not tolerate cold weather, so take indoors for winter
Firecracker Plant features showy spikes of coral-pink flowers with yellow overtones and yellow eyes rising above the foliage from early to late summer. Its attractive glossy pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Firecracker Plant is an herbaceous evergreen tropical plant with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Firecracker Plant is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
This plant is native to the tropics and prefers growing in moist environments with evenly warm conditions all year round. In our climate, it is usually grown as an outdoor annual in the garden or in a container. If you want it to survive the winter, it can be brought in to the house and provided with special care, and then returned to the garden the following season. In its preferred tropical habitat, it can grow to be around 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. However, when grown as an annual or when overwintered indoors, it can be expected to perform differently, and its exact height and spread will depend on many factors; you may wish to consult with our experts as to how it might perform in your specific application and growing conditions.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings.
Firecracker Plant is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.