Cuphea 'Firecracker'

Cuphea purpurea

Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cuphea (KYOO-fee-uh) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Firecracker


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


under 6 in. (15 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


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Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Propagation Methods:

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Seed Collecting:

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

Mesa, Arizona

San Diego, California (2 reports)

San Francisco, California

Mount Dora, Florida

Summerville, South Carolina

Mcallen, Texas

Salineno, Texas

King George, Virginia

Woodbridge, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 11, 2013, KLD101 from San Diego, CA wrote:

Have grown these in San Diego for two years now, and am putting more in this fall. They grow here to 1-2 feet tall, and are much loved by hummingbirds.


On Nov 10, 2010, FawnAnnette from King George, VA wrote:

We are in zone 7, tidewater Northern Neck Virginia. I am assuming that this plant will NOT be hardy for us here unless brought inside for the winter. Cuphea does provide nectar for hummingbirds. Each summer by mid July we host over one hundred and fifty Ruby-throated hummingbirds. We have two clutches per season. This flower was placed in planter boxes lining our backyard deck. For the very first time, we were extremely fortunate. On Nov. 1 a new hummingbird showed up at our nectar feeder. It is either a Rufous or Allen's hummingbird--tomorrow the hummingbird banding team comes to hopefully trap, id, band and release this gift from the sky. I have been observing this new hummingbird each day regularly. So far, no nectaring on the cuphea which is on the opposite side of the house from the n... read more


On May 3, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant is one of God's gifts to Hummingbirds, as evidenced by the tubular blossoms and the bright scalet and purple of those blooms.

They go nuts for this plant, which is very popular in sub-tropical pe tropical climates like the Rio Gande Valley of Texas, which is a main bird flyway betwee North America and South America.