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Vermillionaire® Large Firecracker Plant Cuphea hybrid

  • 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
2' 2'
18" - 2'
12" - 2'
  • Details



    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


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    18 - 28 Inches
    12 - 18 Inches
    12 - 24 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    orange with red and yellow highlights
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
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    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Border Plant
    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'
  • 38 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • Have been growing this plant for years as a 24' border for my deck. Plant 15 and they fill it out completely. It's September 30th and the hummingbirds are swarming over them, preferring them over my feeders in preparation for their migration south. Highly recommended!

      Michael Borkowski
      , New York
      , United States
      , 20 hours ago
    • I planted Vermillionaire in the spring of ‘21. It has grown about 3’ tall and is treated like a border wall in my flower beds. I have some awesome pictures and videos of the hummingbirds that have been attracted by the blooms. Highly recommend this if you are looking to attract hummingbirds! Fingers crossed it makes it through the winter (North AL).

      Hunter Coggins
      , Alabama
      , United States
      , 2 weeks ago
    • I bought this plant in 2019 and getting hummingbirds ever since in my zone 6B garden. It easily overwinters as an indoor plant in my dining room (by a SE facing window). Love this easy care and beautiful plant. Highly recommended for the uniqueness and ability to attract hummingbirds. This year it started blooming from early June…right now covered in flowers. Lots of buds still in making. I wanted to add a picture of my blooming plant but not able to see an option.

      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 12 weeks ago
    • For some reason, I had avoided this plant for several years. I think I found its blooms too small and not showy enough for my tastes. This past spring, I began paying attention to foliage in addition to blooms. The shape, color, and texture of the foliage on this plant is wonderful. After growing this plant this past year, I would definitely grow it again.

      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 33 weeks ago
    • Bloomed all summer but the hummers stayed away because of the VERY large number of honeybees. The bees just swarm this plant. When I water it the bees are so intent on feeding they don't come near me even though I am only 2 feet away placing the hose at the roots. I will plant more of them next year in different areas of the yard to see if I can attract hummingbirds and the bees.

      Roy S
      , Indiana
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I bought these flowers for the first time this year and I was skeptical as to how nice they would turn out. Unfortunately, I bought them too late in the season to attract Hummingbirds but they turned out amazing. I am definitely going to get them again next year.

      , New Jersey
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Hummingbirds loved the vermillionaire but BEWARE so do the Japanese Beetles!They totally destroyed my plant. Japanese beetle magnet.!!!

      , 1 year ago
    • I succeeded in keeping it alive, and for part of the winter it thrived, in the spare bedroom, south window. It even came into healthy bloom! Then whiteflies woke up and found it, and it was in trouble. Before taking it outside this season I cut off most of the branches (leaves were mostly dead anyway) and the whiteflies were evidently without food, so they mostly disappeared. It's recovering outside now, in June. The night temps have finally stopped falling into the 40's, so I am not hauling it inside the garage at night. (Don't know how much cold it can take.) But it's on track to have a good season! I had tried Neem oil on it, but that doesn't last, and I don't trust it to be good for the plant.

      Sharon Sivertsen
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • 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
      , 1 year ago
    • Great for large containers or landscape border. Good pollinator plant, lots of bright flowers, works on drip in xeriscape.

      Sue Metzner
      , Arizona
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
  • 8 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2020 Top 12 Performer University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale
    2020 Top Performer Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
    2020 Top Performer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2020 Top Performer University of Georgia
    2020 Top Performer Biltmore Estate
    2020 Top 10 - Beds North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2020 Perfect Score Mississippi State University - Poplarville
    2018 Top Performer Penn State
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