Cuphea 'Starfire Pink' (Cigar Plant)
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Cuphea 'Starfire Pink' (Cigar Plant)

Cigar Plant


A garden knock-out when in bloom, Cuphea 'Starfire Pink' (Cigar Plant) is a compact, densely branched, evergreen shrub boasting masses of cigar-shaped, pinkish-red, white and violet flowers over a long season. Blooming from late spring to the first frosts, year-round in frost-free climates, the nectar-rich blossoms attract hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. This Cigar Plant selection has a bushy, rounded habit and a pretty foliage of lance-shaped, pointed, olive green leaves. Easy to grow, heat and drought tolerant, disease resistant, it is a terrific addition to sunny garden beds and containers where it creates a dazzling display through the summer. Cuphea 'Starfire Pink' is a cross between Cuphea ignea and Cuphea angustifolia.

  • Grows up to 24-36 in. tall and wide (60-90 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in well-drained soils. Keep moist throughout the growing season. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Deer resistant.
  • Can be clipped and sheared to control its shape and size.
  • Plants may be propagated by stem cuttings or layering.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Heat Zones 6 – 11
Climate Zones 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Cuphea
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Heat Zones 6 – 11
Climate Zones 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Cuphea
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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