Tassel flower

Emilia coccinea

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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
Orange/Salmon Flower,
Red Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Dried Flower,
Naturalizing
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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