Cuphea
Cuphea pinetorum

Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cuphea (KYOO-fee-uh) (Info)
Species: pinetorum (py-neh-TO-rum) (Info)

Category:

Annuals

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Carmichael, California

Chico, California

Sacramento, California

San Francisco, California

Westbrook, Connecticut

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

Longview, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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RatingContent
Positive

On Sep 14, 2009, DonShirer from Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

I agree with Greenie! A local nursery recommended this for hummingbird attractiveness last spring. Put two in a big pot outside a kitchen window and hummers arrived one week later. They are still visiting in September. To mangle a movie catchphrase: "If you plant it, they will come!" I am going to try to overwinter this in a sunny room.

Positive

On Jun 10, 2006, greenie67 from Longview, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I live in East Texas and have 3 of these in my garden. They are hummer MAGNETS!! They are planted in full sun and get watered daily. They're blooming like crazy and have not required any kind of deadheading. This plant literally takes care of itself and gives me hummers and butterflies to boot!! This is also known as Firecracker Cuphea.