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CUPHEA 'Ballistic'

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Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

CUPHEA 'Ballistic' PPAF

Plant Common Name

Ballistic Cigar Flower, Hybrid Cigar Plant

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General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 11, 12, 13, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10"-16" / 25.4cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple, Magenta, Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Foundation, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No