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PlantFiles: Cuphea
Cuphea purpurea 'Firecracker'

Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cuphea (KYOO-fee-uh) (Info)
Species: purpurea (pur-PUR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Firecracker

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

under 6 in. (15 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
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Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Suitable for growing in containers

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive KLD101 On Nov 11, 2013, KLD101 from San Diego, CA wrote:

Have grown these in San Diego for two years now, and am putting more in this fall. They grow here to 1-2 feet tall, and are much loved by hummingbirds.

Positive FawnAnnette On Nov 10, 2010, FawnAnnette from King George, VA wrote:

We are in zone 7, tidewater Northern Neck Virginia. I am assuming that this plant will NOT be hardy for us here unless brought inside for the winter. Cuphea does provide nectar for hummingbirds. Each summer by mid July we host over one hundred and fifty Ruby-throated hummingbirds. We have two clutches per season. This flower was placed in planter boxes lining our backyard deck. For the very first time, we were extremely fortunate. On Nov. 1 a new hummingbird showed up at our nectar feeder. It is either a Rufous or Allen's hummingbird--tomorrow the hummingbird banding team comes to hopefully trap, id, band and release this gift from the sky. I have been observing this new hummingbird each day regularly. So far, no nectaring on the cuphea which is on the opposite side of the house from the nectar feeder.

Positive BajaBlue On May 3, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant is one of God's gifts to Hummingbirds, as evidenced by the tubular blossoms and the bright scalet and purple of those blooms.

They go nuts for this plant, which is very popular in sub-tropical pe tropical climates like the Rio Gande Valley of Texas, which is a main bird flyway betwee North America and South America.


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

Mesa, Arizona
San Diego, California (2 reports)
San Francisco, California
Mount Dora, Florida
Summerville, South Carolina
Mcallen, Texas
Salineno, Texas
King George, Virginia
Woodbridge, Virginia
Kalama, Washington

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