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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
28" 24"
18 - 28"
12 - 24"
  • 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: 
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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'
  • 24 Reviews

    • 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
      , 2 weeks 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
      , 4 weeks ago
    • Hummingbirds loved the vermillionaire but BEWARE so do the Japanese Beetles!They totally destroyed my plant. Japanese beetle magnet.!!!

      , 5 weeks 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
      , 16 weeks 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
      , 21 weeks 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
      , 26 weeks ago
    • I planted this in a raised bed, a planter and a windowbox. They grew okay but didn't draw as much attention as my salvias. I also planted them in my son's garden in Maryland with the same results. I'll plant just a couple this year as a novelty.

      Anna Gadd
      , Pennsylvania
      , United States
      , 29 weeks ago
    • I use a lot of different plants to attract hummingbirds that are high in nectar. This plant is their favorite ... which makes it one of my favorites!!! So easy to grow ~ flowers all season continuing on past migration. I am adding this plant to my planning board for next year and every year!!!!!! <3 !!!!

      Mary Nass
      , Wisconsin
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I live in NH and we had a cooler but dry summer. I had put the plants in both 12 " hanging planters and 24 "" wide 24" deep pots. The ones in the planters hardly grew but the ones in pots are about 30" tall in a very full bush with loads of flowers. Bother the Hummingbirds and Hummingbird moths like them. I will get more next year but stick with either raised planting beds or large pots.

      Don Armstrong
      , New Hampshire
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Talk about a hummingbird attractant! I've never seen a hummingbird before and I planted these as my center plant in pots with petunias. Just had my second hummingbird sighting! I'm over the moon excited! Will for sure be planting these again! Would love to see these in other colors as well!

      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
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