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Perennials – Firecracker Plant

  • Firecracker plant 

Botanical name: cuphea ignea

Average size at maturity: up to 2 ft in height and in width 

Bloom time: spring, summer, fall 

Hardy zone: zones 9-12

Flower color: red/white/orange 

Foliage color: green 

Growth rate: reaches fully mature size in about 2 growing seasons

Pruning needs: trim to maintain desired shape and size when the plant has finished flowering for the season 

Landscape use: color and texture addition to a flower garden 

Light needs: at least 6 hours of sun per day 

Special features: attracts hummingbirds

Water needs: allow soil to partially dry between watering sessions

Fertilizing needs: use 10-10-10 in the early spring before the plant begins flowering

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