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 Orange/Salmon Flower, Red Flower, White Flower 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.