Tropical evergreen herbaceous shrub growing 1 to 2 feet high with clusters of brick-red blooms and lance-shaped, deep green leaves. Flowers throughout the warmer months in bright or filtered shade. Needs warmth and humidity. Does not tolerate cold conditions. Grow as a ground cover or as a house plant. This is possibly the hybrid known as 'Nile Queen'. Crossandra nilotica petals are slightly smaller and deeper lobed than the more common orange flowered Crossandra infundibuliformis. The common name "Firecracker Plant" refers to the dry seedpods which explode when wet. Native to Tropical Africa. USDA zones 10 - 11.