Cuphea ignea

Firecracker Plant, Cigar Plant, Red-White-and-Blue Flower

These shrubby, low-growing, heat-loving perennials have finely textured leaves and flowers. Their brightly colored tubular flowers bloom generously in summer. They look like tiny cigars or firecrackers in purple, red or white with white or green tips. Use for bedding or edging and in containers and hanging baskets. Also grown as houseplants in light shade. Native to Mexico and Guatemala, they are hardy in warm winter areas. In colder climates, plant outside only after weather has warmed. Pinch growing tips for compact growth, and cut older plants back. Water during growing/blooming season, keeping soil evenly moist.
Cuphea ignea, Firecracker Plant, Cigar Plant, Red-White-and-Blue Flower
This is a short-lived Cuphea that is planted infrequently. 'Variegata' has leaves flecked with cream and lime green.

Attributes - Cuphea ignea

Plant Type: Shrub

Bloom Season: Late Spring through Mid Fall

Flower Color: Purple, Red, White

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 1 ft. 6 in. to 2 ft.

Width: 2 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Climate: Zone 10

Notes: Susceptible to Spider Mites.

Related Plants

Cuphea hyssopifolia, Cuphea viscossisima
 
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