Tassel flower Emilia coccinea Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 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 Orange/Salmon Flower, Red Flower Uses Beds and Borders, Dried Flower, Naturalizing Style Cottage Garden Seasonal Interest Summer Interest Type Annuals Related Plants to Emilia coccinea 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Indian cress Tropaeolum majus 'Whirlybird Mix' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Indian cress Tropaeolum majus 'Mahogany Jewel' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Indian cress Tropaeolum majus 'Peach Melba' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Indian cress Tropaeolum majus 'Empress of India' View the discussion thread.