Cuphea ignea Cigar Flower; 7°C/45°F; Mexico

An amusing rather than attractive evergreen plant that has weak, spindly growth in most instances, and tubular cigar flowers that are scarlet, black and white in colour and appear from April until December. The shape of the flower and the presence of the white lip of the flower give the plant the appearance of a miniature cigar end glowing. Can be propagated from seed or cuttings in the spring and requires cool and reasonably light conditions in the home. Grow mature plants in good loam, moist and fed during the growing season.

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