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 Salmon, Red 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.