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
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10 years to reach maturity
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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!
How to propagate Cigar Flower
You can propagate by seeds in the spring.
Greenwood cuttings in the spring or summer.
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Other uses of Cigar Flower
Walls, rock garden, borders