Cuphea Species, Candy Corn Plant, Mexican Giant Cigar Plant, Tall Cigar Plant

Cuphea micropetala

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


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:

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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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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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


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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

Rincon, 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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Gardeners' Notes:


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!


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.