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CUPHEA 'Twinkle Pink'

Image of Cuphea 'Twinkle Pink'

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

CUPHEA 'Twinkle Pink'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Cigar Plant, Twinkle Pink Cigar Flower

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General Description

Twinkle Pink cigar flower is an interesting shrubby tender perennial with rosy-pink, tubular "cigar-like" flowers among green leafy branches. The petals on the floral tubes are purple-pink. This garden hybrid plant typically blooms in warm months up until a frost in a well-drained soil. It will appreciate ample watering, but does carry a tolerance for drought.

Full sun is the best location for this plant in a border or near a pathway. It is evergreen, but will die back to ground in subtropical areas where occasional frosts may occur. It can be used as an annual in hummingbird gardens. Trim it infrequently to keep it more compact if desired. The flowers are known to be used in making leis.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

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

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

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

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Fuchsia, Rose, Lavender

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    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

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No