Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Firecracker Plant, Cigar Plant
Cuphea lanceolata 'Starfire'

Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cuphea (KYOO-fee-uh) (Info)
Species: lanceolata (lan-see-oh-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Starfire
Additional cultivar information: (aka Starfire Pink)

Synonym:Cuphea x ignea

One vendor has this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Click thumbnail
to view:

By htop
Thumbnail #1 of Cuphea lanceolata by htop

By aprilwillis
Thumbnail #2 of Cuphea lanceolata by aprilwillis

By htop
Thumbnail #3 of Cuphea lanceolata by htop

By Dave67
Thumbnail #4 of Cuphea lanceolata by Dave67

By kafka00
Thumbnail #5 of Cuphea lanceolata by kafka00

By turektaylor
Thumbnail #6 of Cuphea lanceolata by turektaylor

By Faafil
Thumbnail #7 of Cuphea lanceolata by Faafil

There are a total of 11 photos.
Click here to view them all!


3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive krystalline6 On May 9, 2010, krystalline6 from Santa Cruz, CA wrote:

I first grew this plant for 5 years, for a nursery and it was always popular. It can be quite soft and green under nursery conditions- the shrubby quality showing when the plant becomes established in the ground. I have one now on the northfacing side of a plot and it is COLD there in the winter. First plant to show the effects of freezing, there. With adequate water provided in those months, it has come through three winters. Beautiful hummingbird plant.

Positive maggiecowgirl On Sep 14, 2009, maggiecowgirl from College Station, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

We call this one 'Bunny Face' Cuphea. What a cute, brightly colored beauty! Just watch for Mealy Bugs... it must taste really yummy.

Positive aprilwillis On May 11, 2006, aprilwillis from Missouri City, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Very easy to grow, makes no demands and has withstood my neglect and tendency to over water.


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

Theodore, Alabama
Chico, California
Fountain Valley, California
Huntington Beach, California
Richmond, California
Sacramento, California
Santa Cruz, California
New Port Richey, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Hebron, Kentucky
Alexandria, Louisiana
Gulfport, Mississippi
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Seneca, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Beaumont, Texas
College Station, Texas
Katy, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Rosenberg, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spring, Texas

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America