CUPHEA ignea 'Matchmaker White'( MATCHMAKER SERIES)
Plant Common Name
Cigar Flower, Cigar Plant
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It’s no wonder this tropical subshrub has gained fast popularity as a bedding plant. The compact Matchmaker White cigar flower bears self-cleaning tubular flowers of white to pale yellow in the hottest months of summer. This interesting tender perennial is native to southern Mexico and Jamaica where it remains evergreen and bushy year round. In colder temperate zones, it is grown as a bedding annual but can be brought indoors to overwinter.
Broad and bushy, cigar plant is covered with small, glossy, medium green leaves with lighter midveins. Its numerous small and thin, tubular blooms are pale yellow to nearly all white. Hummingbirds favor the nectar-filled flowers and will busily buzz from one to the next. The blooms are self-cleaning and do not require deadheading.
Full sun is essential for best growth and flowering as is well-drained soil with average to good fertility. Established plants will withstand periods of drought and thrive in heat. Cigar flower is fully evergreen but will die back to ground like a perennial in subtropical areas where occasional frosts occur. 'Matchmaker White' makes a superb, more compact bedding plant for sunny gardens, hummingbird borders and lively containers filled with other brightly colored bedding flowers.
AHS Heat Zone
12 - 6
USDA Hardiness Zone
8 - 11
H1, H2, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
12"-14" / 30.5cm - 35.6cm
12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall, Indeterminate
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water