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Cigar Flower

Cuphea ignea

Also known as

Cigar Plant, Mexican Cigar Plant, Mexican Cigar Flower, Firecracker Plant, Red-White-And-Blue Flower, Vegetable Firecracker, Mexican Cigarplant, Cigar-Flower-Plant, Firecracker-Bush, Red-white-and-blue flower

Cuphea ignea1 by [1] (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

10b

USDA zone

2°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

1m

10cm

Min

50cm

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Cigar Flower

A close up of a Cuphea ignea plant in flower with green leaves
A Cuphea ignea plant with green leaves and red flowers
A photo of Cigar Flower

Cigar Flower Overview

Cuphea ignea is a short-lived, fast-growing, evergreen sub-shrub from the Lythraceae family. It typically grows to between 40-60cm, originating from Mexico to Jamaica. Commonly known by many names including Cigar Flower, Mexican Cigar Plant and Firecracker Plant. This plant bears lance-shaped to oblong, bright green and axillary, tubular-shaped bright red flowers with purple-black tips and white along the edges. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit. It is also part of the RHS “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Cigar Flower

How to propagate Cigar Flower

Seed

You can propagate by seeds in the spring.

Cuttings

Greenwood cuttings in the spring or summer.

Special features of Cigar Flower

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Cigar Flower

Walls, rock garden, borders