Plant of the Month

Brazilan Firecracker Vine
Manettia cordifolia"John Elsley"

Brilliant orange-red tubular flowers appear in profusion from spring to fall on this Brazilian native climber.  Growing to only about 10 feet, it can be grown on a trellis, in a hanging pot or container.  It is a favorite for hummingbirds, and the small leaves and constant bloom make it a glowing focal point in sun or part shade.  An herbaceous perennial in zones 7-10, it will be a delightful addition to any garden year after year.


By:  Alice Marty


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