Cuphea – Cuphea ignea or C. spp.

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Cuphea – Cuphea ignea or C. spp.

Common Name: Cigar Flower, Cuphea

Botanical Name: Cuphea ignea or C. spp., KU-fee-a IG-nee-a

Decorative Life: At least 2-4 plus weeks (or even months) depending on environment. However, each flower may last as little as 5 days.

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  • The specific epithet name “ignea” means resembling fire, in reference to its flower shape and color. Cuphea is from the Greek “kyphos” (curved), referring to the curved capsule (fruit).
  • Often considered a foliage plant because it can last many months under the proper conditions.
  • One popular cultivar is named ‘Lavender Lace’. Plants will generally do well in light levels at least bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort but more light would be better.