Firecracker Red (Russelia Equisetiformis)

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Growing Zone: 9-11
Growing Zone: 9-11 Outdoors

Plant Specifications

Plant Name Firecracker Red (Russelia Equisetiformis)
Mature Height 2-3 feet
Mature Width 2-3 feet
Spacing 2-3 feet apart
Sunlight Full Sun
Temperature Tolerance 60-80°F
Watering Needs Low
Growth Rate 6 inches/year
Difficulty Level Easy
Grows Well Indoors Yes
Flowering Time May to November
Origin Mexico

Firecracker Red (Russelia Equisetiformis): A Burst of Color for Your Garden

Firecracker Red, scientifically known as Russelia Equisetiformis, is a vibrant and eye-catching addition to any garden, bringing a burst of color and energy. This perennial plant is known for its slender, cascading stems adorned with tubular red flowers, resembling a display of firecrackers. Here's a comprehensive guide on growing and caring for Firecracker Red.

How to Grow

Firecracker Red thrives in well-drained soil and is adaptable to various soil types. This perennial plant is well-suited for both garden beds and hanging baskets. It prefers full sun exposure for optimal flowering and should be watered regularly, allowing the soil to dry out between watering sessions. Applying a balanced fertilizer during the growing season can enhance blooming.

Care Tips

Maintain the vibrancy of your Firecracker Red by pruning it regularly to encourage branching and a fuller appearance. Deadheading spent flowers can prolong the blooming period. This plant is generally low-maintenance, but keep an eye out for pests and diseases, especially in humid conditions. Providing good air circulation can help prevent issues.


Firecracker Red is a versatile plant that adds a pop of color to gardens, borders, and hanging baskets. Its cascading growth habit makes it an excellent choice for container gardening, and the vibrant red flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies, adding life to your outdoor space.

Planting Tips

When planting Firecracker Red, select a location with well-drained soil and ample sunlight. Ensure proper spacing to allow for the plant's cascading growth. Planting in containers with a well-draining mix is also suitable. Water the plant thoroughly after planting and maintain regular watering to establish a strong root system.


To keep your Firecracker Red thriving, prune regularly to shape the plant and remove any dead or tangled stems. Fertilize during the growing season to support continuous flowering. Monitor for pests and diseases, and provide the necessary care to ensure a vibrant and healthy display of red flowers in your garden.



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