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PlantFiles: Tall Cigar Plant, Candy Corn Plant
Cuphea micropetala

Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cuphea (KYOO-fee-uh) (Info)
Species: micropetala (my-kro-PET-uh-luh) (Info)

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

19 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


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

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive homewood2701 On Oct 29, 2012, homewood2701 from Conway, SC wrote:

what a display this has put on as a background for a black prince coleus - hummingbirds love it - must have more!

Positive espo77 On Jul 18, 2010, espo77 from Huntington, NY wrote:

Last year (2009), this plant bloomed well into October on Long Island and was the single best hummingbird attracter in my garden. I just found 3 of these today at Martin Viette Nursery and planted them in a pot on my patio - looking forward to seeing them perform again this year.

Positive mjsponies On Apr 14, 2009, mjsponies from DeLand/Deleon Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Easy Easy Wonderful plant in my zone. I love it, the butterflies love it....blink and it's grown and bloomed more.

Positive foodiesleuth On Jan 23, 2005, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

In Hawaii, professional flower lei makers use this tiny flower in making beautiful lei. I will post a picture if I find one.
Hundreds (thousands?) of tiny buds are needed for one lei.
They are amazing!

Positive Khyssa On Nov 5, 2004, Khyssa from Inverness, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have a bush of this in my front yard where it gets almost full sun. Before I planted it I added quite a bit peat moss and some horse manure to the soil. The plant is thriving, although at the moment it's looking a little ragged due to hurricanes Frances and Jean.

The candy corn plant can be easily grown from seed. You collect the seeds by waiting until the flower heads start sticking to you like velcro whenever you brush against the bush. The small, off-white seeds can be found inside these flower heads.

Positive MelR On Jul 24, 2004, MelR from Leesburg, VA wrote:

Currently growing this Candy Corn plant in a container on the porch in Virginia. Quick grower and needs vine support. Way prettier than current picture - leaves are a rich green. Growing well in area that gets morning sun.


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

Alameda, California
Carmichael, California
Chico, California
Corona, California
Richmond, California
Sacramento, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
Bonita Springs, Florida
Deland, Florida
Deltona, Florida
Fort White, Florida
Holmes Beach, Florida
Inverness, Florida
Navarre, Florida
Oviedo, Florida
Palm Coast, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Trenton, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Douglas, Georgia
Honomu, Hawaii
Lafayette, Louisiana
Mandeville, Louisiana
Worcester, Massachusetts
Apex, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Beaufort, South Carolina
Camden, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Elgin, Texas
Houston, Texas
La Porte, Texas
Spring, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia

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