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Cuphea ignea

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Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cuphea (KYOO-fee-uh) (Info)
Species: ignea (IG-nee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Cuphea platycentra

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

20 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Shrubs
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Red
Orange
Red-Orange

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year

Foliage:
Herbaceous

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral manza On Apr 21, 2014, manza from Long Beach, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

I just bought this plant today so have to give it a neutral rating. My Sunset garden book says that the reason it is called a Cigar Plant is that the tubular flowers are bright red with white tips and can have a dark ring at the end (like a cigar). It is native to Mexico and Guatemala.

Positive stephenp On Dec 30, 2010, stephenp from Wirral, UK, Zone 9a
United Kingdom (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is one seriously hardy plant, we had -10C here in what can only be described as our worst winter in a century so far, and surprisingly the Cuphea ignea looks like perfection, and still flowering, impressive!

Negative magpie38 On Sep 29, 2009, magpie38 from Houston, TX wrote:

Plant is food for some critter, and has never bloomed. Applied a systemic insecticide, and it's eaten up less; still no flowers. Hope it makes good compost.

Positive Birdmandan On Aug 19, 2009, Birdmandan from Cincinnati, OH wrote:

Easy for a nongreen thumb to grow. New starts from cuttings are easy and will be ready to plant in just over a week, if kept in a south facing window with full sun. The hummers just love this plant, some hummingbirds dont even stop at feeders close to the plants. We start with three plants each year and end the year with twenty five or thirty, thats after giving away a few dozen.

Positive Katye On Aug 13, 2007, Katye from Sammamish, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Planted in containers spring 2006. Despite the very cold temperatures we had that winter, both plants came back & are larger than they were last year. I was surprised - nothing else that was left in planters over the winter survived.

Positive greenie67 On Mar 13, 2007, greenie67 from Longview, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This was by far one of our very favorite plants last summer. It was a hummer, butterfly and bee magnet and is very easy to propogate from cuttings. I'm hoping to have them across our entire back fence this summer. Very hardy and a fast grower!

Positive Joy On Jul 8, 2006, Joy from Kalama, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant has self sown for me.

Neutral trifunov On Oct 20, 2004, trifunov from Brandon, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have just ordered seeds from this plant. It apparently can be grown as a container plant in a sunny window. More comments after I have tried this...

Neutral CaptMicha On Jun 19, 2004, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant is candy for japanese beetles. If you don't want to spray it because of hummingbirds, the beetles will shred it.

It's very pretty though and gets bushy in full sun. It takes a while to fill out if grown from seed.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
Boulder Creek, California
Carlsbad, California
Chico, California
Corona, California
Long Beach, California
Los Angeles, California (2 reports)
Manhattan Beach, California
Mission Canyon, California
Montara, California
Sacramento, California
San Carlos, California
Bartow, Florida
Boyette, Florida
Brent, Florida
Eustis, Florida
Fruitville, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lake City, Florida
Micco, Florida
Neptune Beach, Florida
Palm Harbor, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Rotonda, Florida
Sanford, Florida
Titusville, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Guyton, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Granite City, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Hebron, Kentucky
Mandeville, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Shreveport, Louisiana
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Newberry, Michigan
Mathiston, Mississippi
Ramblewood, New Jersey
Yonkers, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Evendale, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Montgomery, Pennsylvania
East Sumter, South Carolina
Alice, Texas
Beaumont, Texas
Broaddus, Texas
Clarksville City, Texas
College Station, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Cumings, Texas
Desoto, Texas
Elgin, Texas
Fredericksburg, Texas
Galveston, Texas
Garland, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Humble, Texas
La Porte, Texas
Longview, Texas
Muniz, Texas
New Chapel Hill, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spring, Texas
Wells Branch, Texas
Woodway, Texas
Edinburg, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Sammamish, Washington
Shoreline, Washington
Germantown, Wisconsin



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