Definition of firecracker flower in English:

firecracker flower

noun

  • 1The North American Dichelostemma ida-maia (formerly Brodiaea coccinea) (family Asparagaceae), native to California, with clusters of red and white lily-like flowers (also called vegetable firecracker).

  • 2The tropical Crossandra infundibuliformis (family Acanthaceae), native to South Asia, with colourful flowers and seed pods which may burst in wet or humid conditions.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Vick's Monthly Magazine.