Cuphea ignea is a low-maintenance plant with easy-to-grow features. An evergreen sub-shrub native to Mexico and the West Indies, it grows up to 30 in with bright red, tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. The plant boasts dark green, pointed leaves and blooms until frost. Perfect for gardens and patios, it provides a stunning display of color all season long. A showstopper for the garden and home, this hardy annual can grow anywhere from USDA Zones 10-12 and thrive in full sun to part shade. For maximum performance, keep the soil moist and pinch back stems for luscious foliage and blooms. Indoors, it can stay healthy and vibrant all winter long with bright, sunny spots and reduced watering.
Growing Instructions for the Cigar Plant
- The seeds like full sun and moist, well-drained soil. 2. Put some potting soil in a pot. 3. Sow the seeds on the soil. Do not cover the seeds because they need light to germinate. 4. Water the seeds. 5.Keep the soil moist but not wet. 6. Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun or part shade. 7. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.