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PlantFiles: Brazilian Firecracker Vine
Manettia cordifolia

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Manettia (man-ET-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: cordifolia (kor-di-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

11 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

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USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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4 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JED_Houston On Sep 14, 2014, JED_Houston from Houston, TX wrote:

This is my second year with this vine in my backyard, and it is my clear favorite plant, it is just stunning! It stays just covered in vivid blooms all summer long. One section of a wooden fence along one side of our backyard has the backside of the fence facing us, which I actually prefer because I can attach rectangular sections of hog wire from Home Depot to the fence for vines to grow on. That's where I have this vine planted, in the ground. It freezes to the ground but comes back readily from the ground in the spring. It is so easy! I put down some Microlife organic fertilizer in the spring, and that's it. I'd say if you don't have one, go to any lengths to get one now, your guests and neighbors that see it, will be in awe.

Positive gakudzu On May 24, 2013, gakudzu from Calhoun, GA wrote:

I bought this plant a few years ago in Athens, GA thinking I would enjoy it for one season. I was not sure how well it would grow here in zone 7b but it has come back every year. It is on the south side of my house so maybe that helps. I planted it at the base of a clothesline pole that I wrapped loosely with chicken wire. It covers the pole every summer with beautiful red blooms that the hummingbirds love.

Positive pewterabbit On Aug 19, 2008, pewterabbit from Danville, GA wrote:

This is a truly beautiful vine that has puzzled me for over twelve years. It is growing on and with a holly bush and I have tried in vain to find out what it is. I am so happy to discover it today on this website.

Positive twenty2libras On Apr 19, 2005, twenty2libras from Greenwell Springs, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

this vine is really beautiful......the foliage is attractive in itself and the unique little flowers seem to glow! mines doing great in a pot and it seems to be one of those vines that respond to dilute superbloom fertilizer every two weeks or so.


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

Birmingham, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
Lakeland, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Calhoun, Georgia
Danville, Georgia
Hebron, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Greenwell Springs, Louisiana
Lafayette, Louisiana
Clinton, Mississippi
Pontotoc, Mississippi
Belmont, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Fort Stockton, Texas
Houston, Texas

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