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Vermillionaire® Cuphea

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  • Light Requirement is Full Sun
  • Height 18-28 Inches
  • Width 12-24 Inches
  • Use as a filler when using in containers
  • Drought tolerant and great for hummingbirds!

Vermillionaire® Large Firecracker Plant (Cuphea hybrid 'cupver') has deep green foliage with long, tubular orange/yellow/red flowers. Hummingbirds love this plant and will seek it out in a garden. Since it blooms all spring, summer, and until frost in the fall, you have beautiful color in your garden for a long time. This plant loves heat and direct sun, so is great for the southern United States.

Once the plant is established, it is very drought tolerant. Vermillionaire® Large Firecracker Plant is a good filler when planted in a container with other plants because of its mounded growth habit and pretty flowers. Vermillionaire® can mark a border and no one can say they didn’t know it was there.  It makes a statement as a mass planting and can be a specimen plant in the landscape.

Vermillionaire Cuphea Care

Vermillionaire® loves full sun and heat. It gets long and lanky in part shade. This plant requires regular fertilization from spring until the fall to keep reblooming. No deadheading is necessary, the flowers will drop off when spent.  While the adult plant is very drought tolerant, it needs regular watering when growing. Vermillionaire® does just fine with average soil. 

Vermillionaire® should not be cut back in winter. If there are issues with dead material, or the plant gets leggy, prune it when it starts new growth in the spring. If you bring this plant indoors for the winter, it will need direct sun and a warm place to stay. If you live in a zone colder than 8a, the plant won’t make it through the winter, so plan on planting replacements next spring.

Vermillionaire Cuphea Spacing

Sometimes it is hard to know how much space a grown plant will need when you are planting the baby plants.  It can look sparse until the plants start growing.   You need to space Vermillionaire® 12-18 inches from other plants so it has room to spread out to 12-24 inches wide when fully grown.  You can put small plants in front of Vermillionaire® because it will grow to be 12-18 inches tall.

Vermillionaire® Cuphea Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 8-11
Flower Color(s): Orange, Red, Yellow
Flower Description: Orange with Red And Yellow Highlights
Bloom Period: Planting To Frost
Foliage Color(s) Green
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Height Class: Medium
Height: 18-28 Inches
Spread: 12-24 Inches
Spacing: 12-18 Inches
Habit: Mounded
Watering: Average
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Attracts: Hummingbirds
Container Role: Filler
Use Types: Border Plant, Container, Landscape, Mass Planting
Features: Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer, Deadheading Not Necessary, Pollinator Attractor
Maintenance: Easy
Scientific Name: Cuphea hybrid 'cupver'
Common Name: Vermillionaire® Cuphea
Other Name(s): Firecracker plant, cigar flower, Mexican cigar plant, Mexican heather, Hawaiian heather, bat flower, bunny ears, false heather, elfin herb
Plant Type: Annual
Brand: Proven Winners

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

4 Reviews - Vermillionaire® Cuphea Show Reviews

  • 5
    Great plants. Very...

    Posted by RUNELLE WEEKS on Aug 6th 2021

    Great plants. Very healthy

  • 5
    Very healthy plants delivered!

    Posted by Lynne Browne on Jun 20th 2021

    I had never used this company. Was very pleased with the quality of the plants. They arrived in great condition, and are now thriving!

  • 1
    poor I'm afraid.

    Posted by Christopher Royal on Jun 16th 2021

    Took a month to arrive - there was NO indication when ordering that it would take so incredibly long to ship - if the plants are not in stock at the time of the order that should be clearly stated when ordering - like ALL other online stores do. The plants that finally arrived are super small and have not grown at all in the 7 days since I planted them and in fact have shriveled quite a bit in the sun with all of the leaves showing signs of sunburn (in 80 degree heat!) All this at nearly double the price of of the suggested retail. Not at all pleased with this purchase.

  • 5

    Posted by Marcia Morris on Jun 15th 2021

    The local nursery did not carry this hummingbird favorite this year, found them at Plant Addicts online. Very easy to order them and pay online. The plants arrived at the appropriate time for planting these tropicals in zone 6, they were well packaged and healthy. After careful watering and care from yours truly, the plants are thriving and the hummingbirds have discovered them. Happy hummingbirds make for a happy gardener.