CUPHEA 'Ballistic' PPAF
Plant Common Name
Ballistic Cigar Flower, Hybrid Cigar Plant
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Compact and mounding, Firecraker cigar flower is a hybrid tender tropical perennial to shrub with abundant tubular flowers that are pinkish red, purple and white. This hybrid was developed by Terence Keogh in Queensland, Australia by crossing Cuphea ignea with Cuphea lanceolata. In the warmth from late spring until autumn, the colorful tubular blossoms appear in loose clusters along the outer reaches of the stems, attracting hummingbirds.
Full sun to no less than partial sun will allow Ballistic cigar flower to blossom its best and have densest mounding habit. It is an excellent addition to a container or a planting that needs vivid tropical color without lots of water. In colder regions, use it as a bedding annual.
AHS Heat Zone
12 - 8
USDA Hardiness Zone
9 - 15
H1, H2, 11, 12, 13, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
10"-16" / 25.4cm - 40.6cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Bedding Plant, Container, Foundation, Mixed Border, Tropical
Sharp or Has Thorns