Cuphea ignea

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Cuphea ignea
Cuphea ignea1.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Lythraceae
Genus: Cuphea
Species: C. ignea
Binomial name
Cuphea ignea
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Cuphea ignea (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. The leaves are small, elliptical and of a bright green colour. It grows to about 60 cm (24 in).[3] The name ignea comes from the Latin for "fire".[4]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[5]


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 {Lythraceae} Cigar Flower, Cigarette Plant". Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  4. ^ "Cuphea ignea". Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Cuphea ignea". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 

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