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Cuphea micropetala (Cigar plant)


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Cuphea micropetala KOO-fee-ah my-kro-PET-ah-lah Common Name: Cigar plant 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.
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, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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