Brazilian Firecracker Vine

Manettia cordifolia

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


Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Late Fall/Early Winter

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

Lady Lake, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Palm Coast, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Calhoun, Georgia

Danville, Georgia

Mcdonough, Georgia

Hebron, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Greenwell Springs, Louisiana

Lafayette, Louisiana

Merryville, Louisiana

Clinton, Mississippi

Pontotoc, Mississippi

Belmont, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Wilmington, North Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina

Okatie, South Carolina

Fort Stockton, Texas

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 10, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A very beautiful and elegant small twining vine that can be grown as a herbaceous perennial in the colder part of its range. In a frost-free climate, it develops slender woody stems that can reach 15'. Unlike many tropical vines, this will not turn into a huge liana even in a tropical climate. In the garden, it's quite easily managed, and may bloom nearly year round where it never freezes. Lovely small glossy foliage.


On Jul 24, 2016, duggiehoo from McDonough, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Great plant. The bloom time listed is not correct as it blooms nonstop for me from June until frost. Also is a host plant for the Xylophanes tersa, Tersa Sphinx moth.


On Jun 23, 2015, sueroderus from Bluffton, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

Great small vine. Very hardy in my zone 8b garden. Easy to grow. I have it in a part sun to part shade location and it blooms all summer. Favorite of hummingbirds. Would not have a hummingbird garden without it!


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.


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.


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.


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.