It’s no wonder this tropical subshrub has gained fast popularity as a bedding plant. Drifts of bright orange red, tubular flowers cover its branches effortlessly in the hottest months of summer. This interesting tender perennial hails from southern Mexico where it remains evergreen and bushy year round. In North Temperate zones, it is grown as a bedding annual but can be brought indoors to overwinter.
Broad and bushy, cigar plant is covered with small, crisp, medium green leaves with lighter midveins. Its numerous small, tubular blooms are fiery orangish red, often with a touch of purple or cream at the lip. Hummingbirds favor the nectar-filled flowers and will busily buzz from one to the next. The blooms are self-cleaning and do not require deadheading.
Full sun is essential for best growth and flowering as is well-drained soil with average to good fertility. Established plants will withstand periods of drought and thrive in heat. Cigar flower is fully evergreen but will die back to ground like a perennial in subtropical areas where occasional frosts occur. It is a superb bedding plant for sunny gardens, hummingbird borders and lively containers filled with other brightly colored bedding flowers. Trim it occasionally to maintain a more compact habit, if desired.
Information source: http://learn2grow.com/plants/cuphea-ignea/
Genus - Cuphea
Species - Ignea
Variety - Red
Common name - Cigar Flower
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 12
Height - 0,90- 1,50 m
Spread - 0,90 - 1,20 m
Plant type - Annual/perennial flower
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Neutral
Soil type - Loos humous
Water requirements - Average, drought tolerant
Landscape uses - Bedding Plant, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Tropical
Bloom season - April - November
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Orange Red, red
Surface sow seeds of Cuphea ignea from February to May.
Sow in pots or bowls, cover thinly with soil, press and keep moist.
The ground temperature shoudl be +18-20C.
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