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Cuphea Selections


Increasingly available in garden centers, exotic cuphea looks like the tropical native it is. It loves hot, humid weather and will bloom all summer, some types producing cool little tubular flowers in red-hot colors that give it one of its common names -- cigar flower.

It does well in containers, where you can baby it with rich, moist potting soil and keep it well-fertilized. Under these conditions, it will bloom nonstop all summer, as long as it gets water. Look for a variety of forms; some have curious bat-face-shape flowers; others are more tubular.

Plant Type:
Plant Height:
1-3 feet tall
Plant Width:
1-3 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features:
Flowers,Attracts Hummingbirds,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Cuphea hyssopifolia bears lavender-pink flowers on 24-inch-tall plants.
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Cuphea 'Minnie Mouse' offers orange-and-purple flowers on a plant that grows 36 inches tall.
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Cuphea ignea 'David Verity' offers tube-shape orange flowers all summer long on 36-inch-tall plants.
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Cuphea lanceolata 'Starfire Pink' offers lavender-pink flowers on 24-inch-tall plants.
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Cuphea llavea 'Tiny Mice' bears crimson-red flowers on 18-inch-tall plants.
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Cuphea llavea 'Totally Tempted' bears large crimson-pink flowers on 12-inch-tall plants.
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Plant It With

Create a decidedly tropical feel with these two heat- and sun-loving plants.


Accent cuphea's bright flowers with the festive tones in red, yellow, or orange lantana.

Mexican sunflower

Mexican sunflower's brilliant orange or yellow blooms are a perfect contrast to the more intricate cuphea blooms.