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Dicliptera suberecta - Uruguayan Firecracker plant

8/3/2023 1:51 pm

Dicliptera suberecta  

(Uruguayan Firecracker Plant)




If you've got some full sun in a well draining location and wish to have late summer hummingbirds visit, you should consider Dicliptera suberecta (Uruguayan Firecracker plant). Masses of thin bright reddish orange tubular flowers bring hummers in for close up viewing.


Dicliptera suberecta has velvety blue grey foliage, the knowledgeable gardener's first clue to avoid directly watering leaves and to provide good drainage.  It will grow to 2' high x 3' wide mound at maturity.  


Blooms in our area typically begin in the waning days of July. August heat is welcomed by this sun loving plant. Blooms will continue until frost. Neither drought nor humidity seem to bother this plant.