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Vermillionaire® Large Firecracker Cuphea Plant

  • - Cigar Plant
  • - Height: 18-24 inches
  • - Growing Zone: 2-11
  • - Exposure: Full Sun
  • - Bloom Time: Spring-Fall
  • - Each Quart Pot contains 1 Vermillionaire® Large Firecracker Cuphea Plant
Plant Features

What sets Vermillionaire® Large Firecracker (Cuphea hybrid) apart is its abundant, tubular flowers in a striking red-orange color that resemble firecrackers, hence its captivating name. This stunning, relatively new hybrid variety of Cuphea, a genus of flowering plants native to the Americas, blooms continuously from late spring through fall, providing a long-lasting display of vibrant color in your garden. The flowers are highly attractive to hummingbirds and other pollinators, making it an excellent addition to pollinator gardens.

This compact, mounding plant typically grows 18-28 inches tall and wide, making it a perfect choice for containers, hanging baskets, borders, or mass plantings. Vermillionaire Large Firecracker is low-maintenance and drought-tolerant, thriving in sunny locations but also tolerating some light shade.

One of the best features of Vermillionaire Large Firecracker is that it does not require deadheading to continue blooming, ensuring a stunning display of color with minimal effort. However, if the plants start becoming leggy, deadheading can help maintain a more compact shape.

When it comes to care, Vermillionaire plants do best with consistently moist soil; however, they are forgiving if you miss one or two waterings. If grown in southern gardens, the plant should not be cut back in the winter. If grown as an annual in northern gardens, it should be discarded after the plant dies for the winter.

If you're looking to attract hummingbirds and add vibrant, long-lasting color to your outdoor spaces, Vermillionaire Large Firecracker is an excellent choice.

Proven Winners Vermillionaire® Cuphea hybrid 'cupver'

Attribute name Attribute value
Plant Needs
Sunlight 6+ hours
Overwinter Zones 9, 10, 11
Soil Moisture Moist
Soil Properties Well-drained
Fertilizer Weekly
Attribute name Attribute value
Plant Characteristics
Height Category Medium
Mature Spread 18-24 inches
Habit Mounded
Flower Color Orange, Red, Yellow
Foliage Color Green
Attracts Hummingbirds
Features Heat tolerant
Garden Styles Container Garden, Pollinator Garden
Plant Used for Aesthetic Appeal, Borders and Edging, Focal Point
Pet Friendly Yes
Plant Type Hybrid

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Top Reviews

Hummingbirds Love It!!

Plant arrived well packaged, healthy and full of blooms. Hummingbirds love this plant and is a great addition to your garden. As always Grow Joy delivers on customer service and top- quality plants.

From Lori | May 08, 2023


received (4) vermillionaire (cuphea) ... they were very nicely packaged and came without any damage ... all 4 appeared healthy and had blooms ... transplanted this past w/e and can't wait for the hummies to find them

From JoAnn | April 24, 2023

Cuphea Vermillionare

Excellent products and healthy plants that arrived well packaged from GrowJoy. Customer service was excellent. Thanks so much!

From Luke | June 15, 2022

Vermillionaire Cuphea Plant

These are the best plants if you want to attract hummingbirds to your garden. They love them!

From gina | May 23, 2022

Vermillionaire Cuphea

Robust and vibrant plant that was an exceptionally easy transplant and will be an honoured addition to my landscape. It probably will be a perennial here in Montgomery, AL. with usage of frost cloth.

From anonymous | April 29, 2022

Vermillionaire Cuphea Plant

I buy several of these every year. They are a hummingbird magnet!

From anonymous | August 01, 2021

Looking forward for hummers to stop by!!

I waited a year to get this unique plant. Last year it was sold out. Very satisfied with quality of plant received. Foliage was healthy and it had a lot of blooms and buds. Grows pretty fast. Since I received it 3 weeks ago it has added 6 inches.

From Habiba | April 21, 2021

Best experience

I have never bought flowers from an online source. But I was very happy and happily surprised. The order came with very healthy plants that have more doubled in size. I will be buying from you all again. Thank you so much

From anonymous | May 19, 2020


Plants came in great shape and even started blooming, can't wait to see in full bloom

From cheryl | May 08, 2020

Satisfied Customer

I’m very satisfied with these vermillionaire plants. They are bigger than I expected and have flowers already.

From Lydia | April 29, 2020

Could not find this plant ot purchase

The plants were delivered quickly and in perfect condition, have them had 2 weeks now and they are thriving. Could not find this plant to buy locally.

From Christine | April 20, 2020


This is the second year I have ordered these plants. They arrived in great condition, same as they did last year, and I look forward to watching them grow.

From Stacy | March 27, 2020

These are hummingbird magnets

I learned a couple of years ago that my hummingbirds love this plant so I always have some in various locations. I especially like to have it in a pot outside my office window so I can watch them dance around all the long, skinny blooms! Always nice plants delivered!

From karen | June 07, 2019


I was truly surprised at the quality and maturity of the plants that I received. Every one of them were beautiful, lush and Green. They were also large and took To the soil instantly. My hummingbirds are going to be thrilled! Thank you for the great quality and the fast service.

From Mark | June 06, 2019


Plants were nice sized and arrived in good shape.

From Joanne | June 02, 2019

Cuphea Plant

The hummers in my area love this plant. They were packed very well and were nice and healthy upon arrival. I am very very pleased and I know my hummingbirds will be also.

From gina | May 12, 2019

Awesome Plant

These vermillionaire cuphea plants arrived in beautiful condition, well packed, and a surprisingly large size. Very, very pleased. Can't wait to watch them grow this summer. Would definitely order them again in the future.

From Stacy | April 25, 2019

So far so good!

I was pleased with the way that Grow Joy packaged and shipped my plant to me. It arrived in excellent condition with a few blooms already on my plant. Grow Joy sent good instructions for taking care of my new plant. Can’t wait to see it grow to maturity. I will update my review later on during the summer. I highly recommend you buy your plants from Grow Joy!

From Trystan | April 22, 2019

Beautiful Plants

This plant came to me Strong and Healthy! And the Shipping was Lightning Fast! Thanks so much!

From Vicki | April 19, 2019

Awesome plant!

I am sooo impressed by how wonderful these plants look! Healthy, packed nicely and shipped in a timely manner. They are not stressed at all!

From Tonya | June 29, 2018

Vermillionaire Cuphea

Plant arrived in wonderful condition. Planted as directed. It's doing fine in it's new home.

From John | June 22, 2018