Firecracker Plant, Cigar Plant 'David Verity'


Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cuphea (KYOO-fee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: David Verity



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


12-18 in. (30-45 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:

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:




Bloom Time:

Blooms all year




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


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


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

Chico, California

Encinitas, California

Sacramento, California

Vista, California

Spring Hill, Florida

Valparaiso, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Ashburn, Georgia

Hebron, Kentucky

Russellville, Kentucky

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Bagley, Minnesota

Lincoln, Nebraska

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

North Tonawanda, New York

Conway, South Carolina

Memphis, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

College Station, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Lockhart, Texas

Spring, Texas

Kenmore, Washington

Menasha, Wisconsin

Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 2, 2017, Adrienneny from Staten Island, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

Top hummingbird plant! You can't grow this from seed as far as I know. I've never seen any seed and might not come true from seed anyway. If you get one plant you can multiply it infinitely by taking cuttings. Of course you need space to do that. You can get sizable plants from Almost Eden (my favorite shop for this plant) or smaller plants from SelectSeeds. Once this plant gets going, it is nonstop flowering until several hard freezes. Then, depending on your zone, you can try to protect it so it returns in spring. It has come back from zone 6/7 winters here in two ways: In large pots simply turned upside down and in ground with pots on top. The key is to keep it from drying out.


On Jun 3, 2013, mojogirl from College Station, TX wrote:

Does this thing ever stop blooming?! I just bought this and put it in a planter a few months ago. It has bloomed non-stop since then. It's a favorite of the bees and hummingbirds. Adds wonderful color to our deck!


On Jun 29, 2012, Susi_So_Callif from Vista, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Here in Sunset zone 24, USDA zone 10 this easily gets to 5-6' tall and at least as wide in about 2-3 years from a 1-gal plant with very little water. A hummingbird magnet - blooms almost all year. Very dense growth - good screening plant.


On Jun 30, 2009, retrodiva from Alameda, CA wrote:

I remember my grandmother in Bagley, MN having a gorgeous specimen of this plant growing in her dining room. It was next to a sunny window with a light curtain. It bloomed constantly.


On Jun 6, 2008, penpen from North Tonawanda, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I also grow this as an annual but take cuttings for new starts each fall. I keep one in a large container and then plant the rooted cuttings throughout my hummer garden. It grows and blooms all season long and is a must have for hummer gardeners. Cuttings root very quickly in soil or in water so even the most inexperieced gardener can be successful with this plant.


On Jan 28, 2007, wind from Mount Laurel, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

I buy Cuphea from a local garden center and treat as an annual (zone 6). I planted 3 in a large planter surrounded with cascading lavender fanflower and just love the combination. Have done this now for the past few seasons. Hummingbirds LOVE Cuphea!


On Aug 16, 2005, Baa wrote:

A hybrid cultivar of C. ignea and C. micropetala parentage.