Tassel flower

Emilia coccinea

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Tassel flower (Emilia coccinea)
em-EE-lee-ah kok-SIN-ee-ah
Synonyms:  E. javanica
Genus:  Emilia
A captivating little plant for the front of the border, tassel flower produces small, scarlet-orange pompons which, when viewed from a distance, seem like they’re floating in air. The flowers cluster at the top of wiry stems that rise from a basal rosette of blue-green leaves. Plants occasionally self-sow when sited in a good location. With its small habit, tassel flower lends itself well to container gardens and fresh-cut flower arrangements, adding an element of whimsy. Its delicate and airy nature looks best with bold-leaved or showy plants in the background, creating a see-through effect. To magnify their magic, mass several plants together.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  These annuals from the tropics can withstand high heat and humidity. The flowers have a long-lasting, airy presence, both in a border and when cut or dried. Plants will self-sow in disturbed soil. 
Care:  Grow in well-drained soil in full sun.
Propagation:  Sow seed in mid-spring, in situ.
Problems:  Infrequent.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Salmon,
Red
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Dried Flower,
Naturalizing
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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