Cigar plant Cuphea micropetala 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Cigar plant (Cuphea micropetala) KOO-fee-ah my-kro-PET-ah-lah Genus: Cuphea This tireless bloomer is best known for its small, tubular flowers, each colored in vivid orange hues and tipped with white, like the ash on a glowing cigar. Each plant creates a mass of slender branches with lance-shaped, mid-green leaves. At the tip of the branches are fireworks bursts of unusual cigarlike flowers, each 1-1/4 inches long and softly hairy. Though the flowers look orangey, they are actually colored red and shaded with green-yellow. Noteworthy Characteristics: Cigar plant is a superlative ingredient in mixed containers. It reaches about 3 feet tall. Care: Prefers moist, moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Where not hardy, it can be overwintered as a houseplant or in a greenhouse, or used as an annual. Propagation: Sow seed in early spring or in situ in late spring. Divide, or root softwood cuttings in late spring. Problems: Whiteflies and aphids. Prone to root rot, stem galls, dieback, powdery mildew, and a few leaf spots. Overview Height 1 ft. to 3 ft. Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft. Growth Pace Fast Grower Light Full Sun to Part Shade Moisture Medium Moisture Characteristics Attracts Hummingbirds, Showy Flowers Bloom Time Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer Flower Color Salmon, Red, White Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Indoor Plant, Suitable as Annual Style Cottage Garden Seasonal Interest Summer Interest Type Shrubs Related Plants to Cuphea micropetala 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Bat-faced cuphea Cuphea llavea Flamenco Samba™ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Cape leadwort Plumbago auriculata 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Silver spurflower Plectranthus argentatus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Angels' trumpet Brugmansia suaveolens View the discussion thread.