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Vermillionaire Large Firecracker Plant

Cuphea 'Vermillionaire'

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Vermillionaire Large Firecracker Plant (Cuphea 'Vermillionaire') at Roger's Gardens

Vermillionaire Large Firecracker Plant flowers

Vermillionaire Large Firecracker Plant flowers

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Vermillionaire Large Firecracker Plant (Cuphea 'Vermillionaire') at Roger's Gardens

Vermillionaire Large Firecracker Plant in bloom

Vermillionaire Large Firecracker Plant in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  28 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7b

Other Names:  Cigar Plant, Cigar Flower

Brand:  Proven Winners


A full and floriferous shrub with unusual orange-red tubular flowers with pink eyes; flowers year round in warmer climates; a great garden accent or container plant

Ornamental Features

Vermillionaire Large Firecracker Plant has orange tubular flowers with red overtones, hot pink throats and white tips along the branches from early spring to late winter, which are interesting on close inspection. It has bluish-green evergreen foliage. The pointy leaves remain bluish-green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Vermillionaire Large Firecracker Plant is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Vermillionaire Large Firecracker Plant is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Vermillionaire Large Firecracker Plant will grow to be about 28 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This shrub 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. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Vermillionaire Large Firecracker Plant makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features