Cigar plant

Cuphea ignea


The Cigar plant brings the hummingbirds into our gardens with their profuse springtime red tubular flowers. It is a modest foliage plant that can be clipped and sheared to control its shape and size, and a garden knock-out when in flower.

This flowering shrub is adaptable to many types of soil, and partial shade to full sun, although avoid planting it in areas with hot west-facing summer sun. It performs best with regular moisture and seasonal trimming to maintain its character. It is a good container plant, in raised planters and for fresh garden planting schemes. Several cultivars of Cigar plant are available, including: C. i. ‘David Verity’ is large and robust, growing 4-6 ft. tall and as wide, and produces deep orange flowers with flared pale yellow tips; C. i. ‘Starfire Pink’ has a dense habit to 3 ft. tall and wide with deep pink flowers with flared lavender tips.

Plant Type: Perennial
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Mounding, Compact
Growth Rate: Short-lived, Fast
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Red
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Loam, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Filtered or indirect sunlight, All day sun
Function: Residential spaces, Raised planters, Near pools and water features, Hummingbird plant, Grouped, Flowering accent plant, Borders, Small spaces
Height: 12 in. – 30 in.
Width: 12 in. – 24 in.