Evergreen, Perennials, Shrubs
These natives of Mexico and Central America provide color throughout the warm months. Use them in small beds, as a formal edging for borders, along paths, or in containers. Reliably perennial only in frost-free areas, though they may survive light frosts in Zones 16, 17, 21–23. C. hyssopifolia and C. ignea have both naturalized on Hawaii (the Big Island).
Pinch tips of shoots for compact growth; severely cut back older plants in late fall or early spring. Easy to grow from cuttings.Cuphea ignea
Leafy, compact plant to 1 ft. or taller, as wide as tall. Narrow dark green leaves, 1–1 1/2 in. long. The appearance of the flowers explains the “cigar” of the common name: they’re tubular, 3/4 in. long, bright orange-red with a white tip and dark ring at the end. ‘David Verity’ has orange-red blooms. ‘Starfire’ has a pink flower tube and purple petals.
Leafy, compact plant to 1 ft. or taller, as wide as tall. Narrow dark green leaves, 1–1 1/2 in. ...
Leaves are deep green. Bears little or no pollen—a boon to allergy sufferers—and no fruit....
Grows to 5–10 ft. tall and wide and has smaller leaves in gray-green and gray with an irregular ...