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I was at a nursery to get pumpkins the other day and a worker there 'threw' in this plant for me. It looks like a vine and is growing on a little trellis in the pot. She said it was an annual that they normally only carry in fall because the flowers look like candy corn. Anyway, it was priced and ten bucks and she gave it to me. Pretty cool! My first guess was a type of Cuphea but I can't find anything that really looks like it. Any thoughts?
Well, that's funny...the database says it's also called a firecracker vine? Boy, that's why the botanical names are the way to go! My mom has firecracker vines, but they're Ipomoea lobata (also known as Mina lobata) and they look a lot different! Give me Latin or give me death! Well, maybe not death, but you know what I mean! LOL
Hey, Badseed, if you get any seeds off this, can I have some? I've been debating buying this vine for a couple of years now, but I'm not sure how hardy it is, and they say things grown from seed where they are to flower have a better chance of surviving the winter.
Well if you guys want to be more confused, I was thinking it was a Cuphea, the one called cigar plant. I went to looking and Cuphea ignea is called cigar plant, but this isn't it. Ironically, GV your's is called cigar plant too! LOL Sure, I will add a picture. My Mina is also in full bloom and has unripe pods. If I end up with seeds from either or both, I will be sure to let you know. :)
This was one of the plants I stumbled on when I did a search for plants commonly called "firecracker". There were 10 different plants, as I recall. You can search on the database - they're all in there, but they don't all have full descriptions, photos, etc. Pretty interesting, huh?