July plant of the month

Plant Description- Firecracker Plant

 

firecracker plant, perennialFirecracker Plant has clusters of scarlet red or white tubular flowers resembling small firecrackers that provide reliable color from spring through fall. Perennial with slender, fern-like stems that start out straight, then fall over into long, showy cascades. A must-have for butterfly and hummingbird gardens. Great for cascading over retaining walls and out of large  containers.  Needs partial shade to full sun. Water regularly but will tolerate slight drought conditions.  Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

firecracker plant 2Growth habit: Weeping

Growth rate: Fast

Average landscape size: Reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.

Special features: Attracts Butterflies and Humming birds, fast growing

Foliage color: Green

Blooms: Spring through fall.

Flower color: Red or White

Flower attributes: Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers

Garden style: Cottage, Xeriscape and Informal

 Care Information:

Provide moderately rich, well drained soil.  Will grow in full sun, however, does best with part shade in hot climates. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Can survive in slight drought conditions.  Fertilize regularly. Deadhead spent flowers and prune in late winter or early spring.  This is a fun burst of color to add to your garden.  They do get rather large so give them room to cascade and you won't be disappointed with this perennial.

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