CUPHEAIGNEA Cuphea Ignea Lythraceae Indor House Plant

22:46 A quick-growing plant, the cigar, or cigarette, flower can reach its mature height in a single year, forming a bushy small shrub. From early summer to late fall, the flowers are borne in profusion among narrow, smooth, 2-in/5-cm-long leaves, which are up to V2in/13mm wide.  cupheaignea2bcuphea2bignea-5288035
The flowers grow singly in the axils of the leaves, and each flower, which lacks petals, consists of a red tubular calyx lin/2.5cm long, with a white and purple mouth. It takes only a little imagination to see the resemblance to a cigar or cigarette with ash at the tip. lythraceae2bindoor2bplant2bpicture-1680675 Another good species for growing indoors is Cuphea hyssiopifolia elfin herb, or false heather. This slightly larger, shrubby plant has small trumpet-shaped flowers, with a green tube and petals of pink, white, or most commonly, pale lilac with deeper mauve veining. lythracea2b2bindoor2bplant-8664183 Lack of light will make the leaves appear dull. Move the plant to a brighter position, where leaf edges will redden.
Red spider mites and aphids may attack this plant; check regularly for signs of infestation.
Good drainage is essential; the plant will rot at the base if the soil is too wet. Allow it to dry out before watering again. cuphea2bignea2bplant2bimage-6822005 Leaves will become dry and fall if the plant is kept in a cool, drafty place.
ORIGIN Mexico, Jamaica.
HEIGHT To2ft/60cm.
POTTING MIX Soil-based
REPOTTING In spring and again in summer if necessary, up to a maximum pot size .of 10in/25cm.
PROPAGATION Take 2-3-in/5-8-cm-long stem cuttings in summer or early fall. Sow seeds in early spring.
KEEPING PLANTS Cut back stems by two-thirds in late winter to encourage new, flower-bearing growth. The plant is not long-lasting; it becomes straggly as it ages. 
Discard it after about 2 years and replace it with a new plant raised from a cutting or seed. cuphea2bignea2bhouse2bplant-9528248

PLANT CARE of Cuphea Ignea Lythraceae

  • Bright light with some direct sunlight. 
  • Minimum winter temperature of 50°F/10°C, with normal room temperature at other times. 
  • Do not let the soil become dry in summer; water more sparingly in winter. 
  • Apply a high-potash liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks between spring and fall.


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