Plant ID forum: Mystery annual

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Name: Lisa Olson
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5601Lisa
Jul 29, 2016 9:40 AM CST
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Anyone know the proper name for this annual? Common name is "Firecracker." Leathery leaves, orange spiky flowers.
Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Jul 29, 2016 9:47 AM CST
Possibly Crossandra infundibuliformis The leaves look right, but the flower is hard to say for sure


http://www.thegardenhelper.com/firecracker_flower.html
Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jul 29, 2016 9:48 AM CST
My first thought was a Clerodendrum. But...

Common names can be misleading. I'm thinking it looks like... Mexican Honeysuckle (Justicia 'Sidicaro')

And if that's the case, it is in fact a perennial.

edit... Maybe annual in your zone though.
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Name: Missy
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Zazinnia
Jul 29, 2016 12:13 PM CST
No idea but sure is pretty!!
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Jul 29, 2016 12:14 PM CST
More precisely, it might not be hardy in your area, might be sold with the annuals to avoid unrealistic expectations, but always a perennial. If not a true annual, saving inside or in a greenhouse is always a theoretical option, conditions permitting.
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Jul 29, 2016 12:17 PM CST
Just found this one, that does in fact include your "common name"... Mexican Honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera)

edit... But I think the first one may actually be it. The leaves are a better match.
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Name: Lisa Olson
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5601Lisa
Jul 29, 2016 1:26 PM CST
Tara, you're right about the leaves. Plant must be Justicia sidicaro. Thanks all.

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