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

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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

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Shrubs
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pink
Light Blue
Violet/Lavender

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

Foliage:
Deciduous
Herbaceous
Smooth-Textured

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:
Non-patented

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

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Profile:

3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
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.

Regional...

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



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