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Cuphea carthagenensis, Tarweed, Colombian Cuphea, Colombian Waxweed

Cuphea carthagenensis

Tarweed, Colombian Cuphea, Colombian Waxweed
Family: Lythraceae
Origin: Tropical America
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowers

Annual or perhaps short-lived perennial herbs, sometimes slightly woody at base.




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Cuphea hybrid 'Twinkle Pink', Cuphea

Cuphea hybrid 'Twinkle Pink'

Cuphea
Family: Lythraceae
Origin: Tropical America
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterPink flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Cuphea 'Twinkle Pink' has moderate to good drought tolerance and does well in full sun to light shade.



Cuphea hybrid 'Twinkle Pink', Cuphea


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Cuphea hyssopifolia, Mexican False Heather, False Heather, Hawaiian Heather, Elfin Herb

Cuphea hyssopifolia

Mexican False Heather, False Heather, Hawaiian Heather, Elfin Herb
Family: Lythraceae
Origin: Mexico, Guatemala
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowers

Cuphea hyssopifolia is a small tropical evergreen sub-shrub with many charming attributes including compact form and fine textured foliage. In tropical areas Cuphea hyssopifolia is a perfect choice as a permanent evergreen groundcover. Prefers well drained fertile soil. Foliage color is prettiest when grown in broken shade. When grown as a house plant provide lots of bright light but protect from direct sunlight. Large clumps may be divided. It is easily grown from seed planted in spring.





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Cuphea ignea, Cigar Flower, Cigarette Plant, Firecracker Plant

Cuphea ignea

Cigar Flower, Cigarette Plant, Firecracker Plant
Family: Lythraceae
Origin: Mexico, West Indies
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Cigar Flower (Cuphea ignea) is a native of Mexico and West Indies and gets its common name from the shape and color of its small, orange and tubular flowers marked with a white tip and a touch of black, suggesting an ash tip from a cigar or cigarette. The leaves of the subshrub, which can grow up to 2 feet high, are small, elliptical and bright green. The species name ignea is Latin for fire, and the plant benefits from occasional trimming to keep it compact.

Cigar flower is a low-growing shrub-like groundcover that produces an array of brightly colored flowers. From spring to summer, vibrant shades of red, crimson and vinous bloom amid yellow and orange flowers in autumn. This hardy species is easy to care for and drought-tolerant, however it will thrive and be at its most beautiful when regularly watered, especially when planted in the ground. To prevent root stress, water it regularly, and when grown in a pot be sure to keep the soil moist but well-draining. Furthermore, Cigar Flower is particularly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds which makes it a great accompaniment to any landscape.

Taking extra care of Cigar Flowers during the winter months is advised. Those grown in colder climates should be protected with an organic mulch covering the roots, such as in USDA Zone 9-11 or when kept in a container. When grown outdoors this drought-tolerant plant may also benefit from maritime exposure, making it ideal for those living near the sea. Furthermore, its antirheumatic properties make this species a great choice for its medicinal benefits throughout the year.





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Cuphea llavea, Cuphea barbigera, Cigar Plant, Bat Head, Bat Face, St Peter Plant

Cuphea llavea, Cuphea barbigera

Cigar Plant, Bat Head, Bat Face, St Peter Plant
Family: Lythraceae
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Flowers resemble a burning sigar. Origin - Mexico, Jamaica. Beautiful everblooming small shrub 1-2" tall that can be used as a perfect groundcover. Great butterfly attractor. Very hight drought tolerance.





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Cuphea melvilla, Cuphea micropetala, Candy Corn Plant

Cuphea melvilla, Cuphea micropetala

Candy Corn Plant
Family: Lythraceae
Origin: Brazil
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

A great butterfly and hummingbird attractor. Full sun to partial shade. Shear as needed to maintain desired size. The bush may reach 4' tall and 4' wide if left untrimmed. Blooms several times through the year in large bursts of orange and yellow flowers with greenish tips. Also known commonly as the candy corn plant due to the resemblance of the flower to the candy.





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Cuphea sp., Cigarette Plant

Cuphea sp.

Cigarette Plant
Family: Lythraceae
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterPink flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsUnknown name

The plant gets its common names from the flowers, which are small, orange and tubular.

Species and varieties:

Cuphea aequipetala

Cuphea blepharophylla

Cuphea carthagenensis

Cuphea hybrid 'Twinkle Pink'

Cuphea hyssopifolia

Cuphea ignea

Cuphea llavea

Cuphea melvilla

Cuphea Starfire

Cuphea varia 'Susan's Little Gem'

Cuphea viscosissima





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Duabanga grandiflora, Lampati

Duabanga grandiflora

Lampati
Family: Lythraceae
Subfamily: Sonneratioidea
Origin: SE Asia
Big tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

It has a comprehensive, worldwide coverage on tropical, subtropical, temperate and boreal tree species of major economic importance, and lesser-known species of local importance. It now also covers in detail many of the pests that damage these trees. It is a reference tool, which provides a basis for informed selection of woody species for a variety of uses, including for trials in plantation, agroforestry and natural forest systems.





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Galpinia transvaalica, Wild Pride of India, Knoppieblaar

Galpinia transvaalica

Wild Pride of India, Knoppieblaar
Family: Lythraceae
Origin: South Africa
Can be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersFragrant

This tree is part of a small family of herbs, small trees and shrubs found in subtropical and tropical regions. Its attractive flower heads and colored spring foliage make it a popular ornamental tree. This tree is attractive as a hedge plant. It has a non-aggressive root system and can be planted close to walls and paved areas. The wild pride-of- India can be successfully planted in containers and makes excellent bonsai specimens.




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Its attractive flowerheads and colored spring foliage make it a popular ornamental tree. This tree has good horticultural potential and is quite attractive as a hedge plant.
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Ginoria sp., Ginoria

Ginoria sp.

Ginoria
Family: Lythraceae
Origin: Caribbean
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsUnknown name

Large dense shrub with bright pinkish-purple flowers. Relatively drought tolerant. Can be pruned as a hedge or trained as a small specimen tree.





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