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
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

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