Cuphea micropetala (Mexican Giant Cigar Plant)
Zone: 7b to 10b,
Height: 36" tall
Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)
Thank goodness horticultural amnesty has allowed this Mexican immigrant to remain in the US. Cuphea micropetala forms a stunning 3' tall x 3' wide deciduous clump topped, starting in early fall, with small tubular flowers that line the upper 1' of each stem. The flowers open bright yellow but as the flowers age, the base turns orange-red before the entire flower takes on that color. The results are bicolor flowers so beloved by the butterflies and hummingbirds we have to declare a temporary no-fly zone while we take cuttings. In cold climates, it may be slow to return in spring but our plants have been reliable to 8 degrees F.