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Golden Firecracker Plant, Firecracker Plant, Fountain Plant 'Yellow Gold'

Russelia equisetiformis

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Russelia (russ-EL-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: equisetiformis (eck-kwiss-ee-tih-FOR-mis) (Info)
Cultivar: Yellow Gold



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Boca Raton, Florida

Miramar Beach, Florida

Orange Park, Florida

Palm Harbor, Florida

Houston, Texas

Richmond, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 14, 2010, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I don't find it nearly as vigorous as the red flowered counterpart. But in any/either case, volunteers are easy to remove or transplant. For a lovely effect, try planting both colors in the same pot. Mine is potted in full sun but it does get protection from branches of bigger plants nearby. May or may not go dormant in zone 9a winter, but it comes back reliably, and has for years.
UPDATE AUG 2016: I have planted some in ground b/c, not being as vigorous as the red, I knew it wouldn't add to my already long list of chores. I was right. It is making a nice mound but I've not having to fight volunteers. Very lovely plant.