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.
Vermillionaire® Large Firecracker Plant Cuphea hybrid
- Hardy Zones
- 8 - 11
- Mature Size
- 18 - 28 Inches
Abundant yellow orange flowers all season long; loves the heat and loved by hummingbirds
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 too 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.
Great hummingbird attractor! They love this plant, one of their preferred plants in most gardens.
- Kathy KingMontroseColoradoUnited States20 weeks ago
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.
CheersMatthew LambFrederickMarylandUnited States1 year ago
Great hummingbird attractantBillPrince GeorgeBritish ColumbiaCanada1 year ago
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 VallintSurreyBritish ColumbiaCanada1 year ago
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.LisaMariettaPennsylvaniaUnited States1 year ago
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 LambFrederickMarylandUnited States2 years ago
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.PatCedar RapidsIowaUnited States2 years ago
Great new variety of Cigar Plant. Blooms are bigger and brighter color than the older varieties. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. I only found this variety at one garden center so it appears to be hard to find this year since its a new variety. Suggest it to your local grower or greenhouse so maybe they can carry it next season.Brian PriceTiffinOhioUnited States2 years ago
Wow! Impressive plant. Attracts lots of hummingbirds, blooms well all season in morning sun.Mary LouColoradoUnited States2 years ago
Absolutely gorgeous plants! Very striking colors. A must have plant in summer!!GerryAndersonCaliforniaUnited States2 years ago