The cigar flower is a tiny bloom that resembles a lit cigar. It has long been used to make leis because of its bright colors and tough nature. The scientific name is Cuphea ignea, and the Hawaiian name is kī kā or kika. These flowers are multicolored with reds and oranges being common while some contain dark pink. They have no scent. These flowers are not tinted because their natural colors are so vibrant. A cigar flower lei is quite durable, and when refrigerated it will last as long as two weeks after delivery. It can also be dried and kept longer.
The cigar flower lei is a symbol of respect and affection. Hawaiians began cultivating the cigar plant in the mid-1800s to use the flowers for leis. The cigar flower lei is made with a rope-like weave that uses about 2,000 of these tiny flowers to create the full look of the lei. The cigar flower is often used by itself in leis, but it can also be combined with the ti leaf to add some greenery to the lei. The lush colorful cigar flower lei is generally worn by males, but many women like the look of these leis as well. See our beautiful leis below for fresh flowers that are lovely and durable.
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