Cuphea caeciliae or Cigar Plant

Cuphea Caeciliae

Cuphea caeciliae, commonly known as Cigar Plant, belongs to the Lythraceae family of plants. Native to Mexico, this perennial is often grown as an annual in colder climates. It is an evergreen sub-shrub that reaches a height of approximately 16 inches or 45 centimeters. The name Cuphea is derived from the Greek word “kufos,” meaning ‘bent forward,’ while the origin of Caeciliae, possibly from the Latin word “caecilia,” refers to ‘a kind of lizard.’

Cigar Plant produces unique tubular orange flowers during the summer, resembling lit cigars, hence the common name. These flowers are attractive to pollinating insects and birds, making them a delightful addition to shrubberies, mixed borders, and larger planters and tubs. The plant features elliptic, dark green leaves measuring up to 8 centimeters long and 4 centimeters across. It is a low-maintenance plant that adds visual interest to various garden settings, and it is also resistant to deer and rabbits.

Cultivation of Cuphea caeciliae:

Growing Conditions: Grow Cuphea caeciliae in a location that receives full sun or partial shade. It thrives in well-drained soil, but avoid exposing it to full hot sun, especially in hot climates.

Watering: While Cigar Plant is drought-tolerant once established, it should be regularly watered during hot, dry weather. Water deeply and thoroughly, allowing the soil to slightly dry out between waterings.

Soil: The preferred soil for the cigar plant is well-drained. When planting in the ground, amend the soil with compost or organic matter to improve drainage. If growing in containers, use a potting mix designed for cacti and succulents.

Sun Exposure: Cuphea caeciliae prefers full sun, but in hot climates, it may benefit from some afternoon shade to prevent excessive heat stress.

Fertilizer: Apply a balanced fertilizer once a month during the growing season to provide essential nutrients to the plant.

Pests and Diseases: This plant is relatively resistant to pests and diseases; however, it may occasionally be affected by mealybugs and scale. Treat any pest infestations with appropriate insecticidal soap or neem oil.

Propagation: Cuphea caeciliae can be propagated from both seeds and stem cuttings. Seed germination can be slow, so stem cuttings are often the preferred method. Take a 4-6 inch stem cutting from a healthy plant, remove the bottom leaves, and dip the cutting in the rooting hormone. Plant the cutting in a well-draining potting mix and keep the soil consistently moist. Rooting typically occurs within 2-4 weeks.

Cuphea Caeciliae
Cigar Plant or Cuphea caeciliae
Cuphea Caeciliae
Cuphea caeciliae at Kew Gardens, London, UK

Also, read about Cuphea ‘Starfire Pink’ or Cuphea hyssopifolia.

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  1. I am interested interested in either purchasing cuttings or seeds for your cuphea caeciliae. What are your prices including shipping & where is it shipped from? Best regards!

    1. Hi Cheryl,
      Thanks for your interest, but unfortunately we don’t sell plants. The site is informational and to help the readers with growing their plants. You can try some of our advertisers or search for local sites that sell Cuphea caeciliae. Thanks for your interest and hope to hear from you again. Best, Dino

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