Hello, reming me in the fall, I will try to collect some seeds if it can set some. I understand you, I've been looking for this one for about 3-4 years and I suddenly came upon it accidentally this spring.
April--that first pic needs to go in the PlantFiles. Its much better than the one in there; also the 'mini gem' you picked up yesterday--it has a decent pic but no nice descriptive write up.
Is that first pic a 'shorter than I got' variety? it might look good at the very front of the bed between the lattices in my Rangoon Creeper lattice room. Will also hold the heavy mulch from sliding out.
I did post one to plant files a ways back, forgot about it and still a 3rd name for this cuphea- I have seen it at nurserys call bunny ears and tri-color; DG has is as Cigar Bush 'Starfire' (Cuphea ) http://davesgarden.com/pf/showimage/108369/
And yours is the best descriptive/color indicating shot too...I actually am learning something here (no speculation on old dogs learning new tricks--lol) about cupheas.They all look different but have that same leaf structure. Why is the plant files calling Mexican Heather (you know-dime a dozen plant down here) a cuphea? Is it actually in the same family? I'd have never thunk it...lol
But, thankfully, it has a short perennial lifespan down here and dies after a couple of years and you can easily clean it out. Good plant to take up space for a short time till you get the plant you really want there.
I think I did and if I did I liked them. They seem to have a good supply of cuphea ,although they are out of some now. Would like to get more.
I told Gardenglory to ship ours together-hope you don't mind.
Here yes because our sun is so intense- probably wouldn't hurt there as well, then when you are ready to move them into regular growing conditions you may have to harden them a bit- gradually move them to full sun.
give them awhile longer--the russelia had no roots--but I can come get more! lol Susan's little gem is such a cute little plant I'm surprised you had any spare foliage.
3 of 4 of the other cuphea are going to be fine here. These are blooming like crazy and way too early here...may have to 'shear' them like sheep for fall bloom.
edited to add: they probably aren't used to adequate summer rain, since we haven't had any for the last 2 summers. sarcasm dripping here...