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.
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
Height: 1 ft. 6 in. to 2 ft.
Width: 2 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zone 10
Notes: Susceptible to Spider Mites.
Cuphea hyssopifolia, Cuphea viscossisima