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Firecracker vine

Ipomoea lobata

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This unusual annual vine can add vertical interest to the garden. Its vivid blossoms (red tooth-like flowers that fade to orange and then yellow and white) are a hummingbird magnet. Firecracker vine can bloom year round in warm climates, but generally blooms from summer to fall. It is a native of Mexico and Central and South America. -Julia Jones, Designing with Annuals, Fine Gardening issue #120

Noteworthy CharacteristicsLong stems of multi-colored flowers that attract hummingbirds.

CareProvide full sun and well-drained soil in a sheltered location.

PropagationSow seed at 64°F in spring.

ProblemsWilt, charcoal rot, thread blight, white blister, rust, fungal leaf spots, and stem rot may affect plants.

  • Genus : Ipomoea
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Flower Color : Red, Yellow
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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