Cuphea is the botanical name for Cigar Flower and Firecracker Plant
Cuphea Germination Information

Cuphea Seed Germination How to Sow Cuphea:

  • Sow outdoors where plants are to grow and barely cover the seeds
  • For best results, sow indoors, leave the seed uncovered and maintain a temperature within the medium of 68-70°F
  • Germination takes 8-10 days
  • Plants bloom three months from sowing
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Cuphea:
Spacing:  In spring, plant 12 inches apart in full sun to partial shade in a light garden soil

Watering: Keep plants well-watered throughout the season

Temperature: C. ignea can withstand cool winters (50° F) and hot summers (90° F)

Additional Care: For indoor growth, plant anytime and provide at least four hours of sun a day. Keep plants well-watered throughout the season. Tolerant of humidity and pests

Appearance and Use:

An annual with unsual blooms, it can be grown as a container or houseplant, in mixed plantings, as an edging or in rock gardens. Compact, rounded plants, 10-14 inches tall and wide, with 1- inch long tubular blooms of white, pink, rose, red, or purple marked with back and white tips that resemble cigar ash. The blooms are borne from summer to frost outdoors and they are everblooming indoors


About Cuphea:
Pronunciation:  ku-fe-å ig’ne-å
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Lythraceae; native to Mexico
Common Names: Cigar Flower and Firecracker Plant