Firecracker flower, is native to India and Sri Lanka where it is a tropical evergreen
subshrub that grows 1-3 feet tall. Flowers are apricot to salmon pink in color and
form in terminal racemes. Yellow and red flowered forms are also available. Plants
bloom throughout the summer and attract pollinators. Leaves of firecracker flower
are shiny dark green. ‘Orange Marmalade’ has long lasting blooms on a plant that thrives
with heat and humidity. Large clusters of frilly, bright orange flowers shine against
the glossy green foliage.
Firecracker flower prefers light, organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained
soils in full sun or part shade, but will tolerate bright full shade. Plants thrive
in warm, humid weather and have no serious insect or disease problems. Firecracker
flower is beautiful in beds, borders, containers or as a houseplant.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Moist, well-drained soil
Hardiness: Use as an annual