Cuphea ignea

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Cuphea ignea
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Lythraceae
Genus: Cuphea
Species: C. ignea
Binomial name
Cuphea ignea
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Cuphea ignea, the cigar plant, cigar flower,[1] firecracker plant, or Mexican cigar, is a species of flowering plant in the genus Cuphea of the family Lythraceae. It is a tropical, densely branched evergreen subshrub.[2] This species, native to Mexico and the West Indies, produces small, tubular, bright red to orange flowers. Each flower is tipped with a thin, white rim and two small purple-black petals. The flower is said to resemble a lit cigar, hence the name ignea, which comes from the Latin for "fire".[3] The leaves are small, elliptical and of a bright green colour. It grows to about 60 cm (24 in).[4]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit[5] (confirmed 2017).[6]


Cuphea ignea flowers resemble a tiny burning cigar, hence the common name "cigar plant"
  1. ^ "ITIS Standard Report Page: Cuphea ignea". Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  2. ^ "Cuphea ignea". Floridata. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  3. ^ "Cuphea ignea". Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  4. ^ "Cuphea ignea {Lythraceae} Cigar Flower, Cigarette Plant". Archived from the original on 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2010-07-30.
  5. ^ "Cuphea ignea". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  6. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 26. Retrieved 24 January 2018.

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