Cuphea – Cuphea ignea or C. spp. Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Shop our Growers Choice Subscription! Shop Now Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now 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. Flower Color: Lavender, Pink, Red Availability: Year Round Tidbits: 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.