Cigar plant

Cuphea micropetala

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Cigar plant (Cuphea micropetala)
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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

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