Uruguayan Firecracker. A clump-forming perennial with low spreading, soft grey velvety stems and leaves. The bright coral tubular flowers with protruding stamens bloom in compact terminal clusters above the foliage from early summer until well into autumn, when the plant becomes somewhat dormant for the winter, although it remains evergreen in our climate. It can be cut back to the ground, just above any new shoots coming from the base, if it spreads too far.
It grows best in full sun in well-drained soil and is drought tolerant once established. This is a great small ornamental plant with attractive foliage even before the coral flowers dance above, making for an even more beautiful show and attracting butterflies and bees to the garden.
It has many synonyms - Dicliptera squarrosa or Dicliptera sericea and earlier names include Jacobinia suberecta and Justicia suberecta.
We are a plant nursery in the Algarve specialising in dry mediterranean species. We propagate and grow our own stock in conditions they are likely to endure when they are planted out.
We grow plants that are adapted to the dry land conditions in Portugal and southern Spain, both mediterranean perennials and succulents.
We choose plants that require very little water and maintenance. We produce a range of dry land plants that are typical of the worlds mediterranean regions. These are available to order ready for planting in the wetter months of the year. Please order the plants you need and we’ll have them ready at the best time for planting.
To ensure your new plants adapt and establish quickly, we produce them in special anti-spiral root pruning containers and a range of fibre pots (no plastic waste) with our own tried and tested growing media.
Please note we have no retail outlet or garden centre and are not open to the public. For more information you can contact us here.
Plantas adaptadas à seca - produzimos plantas adaptadas às condições de Portugal e Sul de Espanha, tanto espécies mediterrânicas como suculentas.
Oferecemos uma gama de espécies típicas das zonas climáticas mediterrânicas em todo o mundo.