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Mexican Giant Cigar Plant Cuphea micropetala

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Description

The common name says it all.  The candy corn blooms look very similar to the candy we all enjoy in the fall. 

Although candy corn is grown as an evergreen shrub in warmer climates, in cooler areas it can be grown as an annual.  Depending on the temperatures, it can be evergreen or die back in the winter.  When it dies back in the cooler areas of its growing zone, it will not flower again until the next fall.  Typically they will die back naturally when temperatures drop into the 20's and will start to recover in late March as temperatures rise. 

Growing in full sun will provide the most blooms. New plants will have a better survival rate when planted in the spring, allowing the young plant time to become established.  Water young plants regularly.  Once established, Candy Corn is more drought-tolerant.

Cutting back the plant in late winter will encourage a new flush of growth in the spring.

This variety is the cold-hardiest in the Cuphea genus. 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#fall color#annual#drought tolerant#perennial#semi-evergreen#salt tolerant#long bloom time
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#fall color#annual#drought tolerant#perennial#semi-evergreen#salt tolerant#long bloom time
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cuphea
    Species:
    micropetala
    Family:
    Lythraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Leaf Cutting
    Root Cutting
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Colorful
    Easy to Grow
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herb
    Perennial
    Shrub
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Clumping
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    The 1.5" flowers are bi-colored, orange near the stem, yellow towards the tips.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Smooth
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    2-5" long, green, narrow leaves. Fall colors include the green leaf tinged with a reddish-purple margin.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Meadow
    Patio
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Humidity
    Salt