A flowering shrub with a tufted habit. Slender, asparagus-like stems support numerous tubular, red flowers. The firecracker-like flowers bloom year-round, hence the common name firecracker plant. Native to dry areas of Mexico, the firecracker plant is naturally drought tolerant. Imported to Hawaii in 1851, it has no serious pests and grows quickly. Partly deciduous, the stems photosynthesize when the leaves are gone. To manage the plant, prune dead stems and maintain shape a few times a year.
The whispy stems naturally fall over, resulting in a showy cascade of scarlet red flowers. Take advantage of the firecracker plants overflowing habit, plant in containers, window boxes, hanging baskets, or over rock walls. It does best with full sun and well-drained soil. Propagation is by cuttings; they root with ease.
- Container plant
- Lei flower
- Privacy / screening
- No dangers