Cuphea ignea Cigarette Firecracker Plant
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Cuphea ignea 'Cigarette' Firecracker Plant

An award-winning, visually stunning plant, guaranteed to give your garden the wow-factor!
  • Cuphea ignea 'Cigarette Plant', also known as the Firecracker Plant, is an evergreen shrub with tubular, bright orange-red flowers with ash-coloured tips throughout the summer.
  • A vigorous grower which will produces masses of blooms, Cuphea is holder of the RHS Award of Garden Merit so you can be assured that it has been trialled and tested as suitable for UK gardens.
  • It's also recommended as an RHS Plant for Pollinators, attracting all manner of beneficial pollinators to the garden.
  • While Cuphea is hardy, it's also frost tender, so is best grown in a pot where it can be moved undercover over winter.
  • Supplied as 6 Jumbo plug plants, ready to pot up and grow on before planting out when all risk of frost has passed.

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Cuphea ignea 'Cigarette Plant', also known as the Firecracker Plant, is an evergreen shrub growing to around to 40cm in height, with lance-shaped leaves and tubular, bright orange-red flowers with ash-coloured tips throughout the summer - hence the reference to a cigarette.

A vigorous grower which will produces masses of blooms, Cuphea is holder of the RHS Award of Garden Merit so you can be assured that it has been trialled and tested as suitable for UK gardens. It's also recommended as an RHS Plant for Pollinators, attracting all manner of beneficial pollinators to the garden, so makes an ideal plant in a pot in the vegetable garden.

Best grown in well-drained soil in a sheltered site in sun or partial shade - plants dislike hot sun so shade will need to be provided when necessary.

While Cuphea is hardy, it's also frost tender, so is best grown in a pot where it can be moved undercover over winter. Alternatively, it can be grown in the garden through the summer and then lifted, potted and brought into your home over winter as an unusual and floriferous houseplant!

Supplied as 6 Jumbo plug plants, ready to pot up and grow on before planting out when all risk of frost has passed.

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Item 400815 supplied as:
Supplied as 6 Jumbo plug plants, ready to pot up and grow on before planting out when all risk of frost has passed.

Plant Care Information

RHS Garden Merit
RHS Garden Merit
RHS Perfect Pollinators
RHS Perfect Pollinators
Perfect In Pots
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Protect From Frost
Protect From Frost
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
Wildlife Friendly

Top Tips

Grow in the garden through the summer and then lift it, pot it up and bring into the house over winter as an unusual and floriferous houseplant!

Care Information

  • Prefer a well-drained soil - and once established will tolerate drought conditions.
    Thrives in full sun.
  • In a container or pot it can be pruned and maintained at around 20cm (8in) or more.
  • Perennial in habit but will require winter frost protection.
  • Unpack plugs immediately and stand them in water for an hour.
  • If you can’t do this, they can sit in Mini Greenhouses for a week if upright and not too wet.
  • Plugs may be slightly dry or yellow after being in a dark box in the post, but they’ll quickly recover.
  • Put them somewhere warm, light and airy such as a windowsill or greenhouse.
  • When potting on, handle plugs carefully. Pot on using our 9cm pots in Shuttle Trays, using good multi-purpose compost.
  • Give your plants a good water initially, then only when the top compost starts to dry. They don’t like to be left in standing water.
  • Plant approx. 20cm (8”) apart to allow them room to grow.
  • Feed using a high-potash feed such as Blooming Fast Superior Soluble Fertiliser for Flowers & Fruits, to encourage flowering.
  • Dead-head when flowers fade to encourage more blooms.

Planting/Flowering Calendar

Best Time To Plant
When Your Plant Will Flower
When Your Plant Will Fruit
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
50 cm
50 cm
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