The Cigar Flower That's Smoking Hot!

Meet the Cuphea ignea, a fiery spectacle also known as the Cigar Flower. This vibrant plant is a showstopper, boasting scarlet flowers that are a magnet for nectar-feeding butterflies and hovering birds. It's not just a pretty face, though - this plant is as hardy as they come!

Cuphea ignea

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

Moderate Water Needs

This plant has moderate water needs.

Highly Adaptable to Various Soils

Thrives in clay, silt loam, or sand, showing great adaptability.

Specific pH Requirements

Requires specific soil conditions, either acidic or alkaline.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects.

Safe for Pets

No known safety risks to pets and livestock.


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About Cuphea ignea

The Cuphea ignea stands at a modest 1-2 feet tall and spreads out to a width of 2-3 feet. Its verdant leaves provide a lush backdrop for the star of the show - its scarlet flowers. These fiery blooms are not just ornamental, but also have an extended blooming period, providing a burst of color from spring to autumn.

Did you know that the Cuphea ignea is also known as the Firecracker Plant? Its vibrant, tubular flowers resemble lit cigars or firecrackers, giving it its unique common names.

Also known as

Cigar flower
Firecracker plant
Mexican cigarplant

Our design recommendations

The Cuphea ignea is a versatile plant that can be used for edge and extensive planting. Its enduring flora makes it an excellent choice for hedging, while its compact size makes it perfect for urns or indoor greenery. Whether you're looking to add a pop of color to your deck or footpaths, this plant has got you covered! The Cuphea ignea is a flexible plant that can thrive in a variety of landscape locations. It's a great choice for urns, indoor greenery, decks, and footpaths. Just make sure it gets plenty of sunlight and it'll reward you with its fiery blooms!