Scientific Name: Cuphea ignea (incl. hybrid cvs.)
Common Name: firecracker plant, cigar flower
Family Name: Lythraceae
Origin: Caribbean Island, Mexico
Hardiness Zone: Zone 10: (-1 to 4 °C)
Plant Type: Annual, Flowering pot plant
Mature Size: 0.2 - 0.4m x 0.1 - 0.3m (height x width)
Habit: Dense
Form: Round
Texture: Medium - fine
Landscape Uses: Attract birds, Attract butterflies, Bedding plant, Container planting, Hanging basket, Indoor plant
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Opposite, Soft flexible, Pinnate venation, Glabrous, Lanceolate, Entire
Flowers: Flowers clustered, Orange, Red, Jun-Jul-Aug-Sep-Oct
Fruit: Capsule, Brown, Oct-Nov
Key ID Features:
Leaves lanceolate, most 1.5-2cm long; flowers solitary or 2-3 per axil, tubular, 2-3cm long, perianth bright red to orange with white to purple-black ends, pedicels 1-3cm long.