Black eyed Cuphea, Tri-coloured Cuphea
Cuphea cyanea

Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cuphea (KYOO-fee-uh) (Info)
Species: cyanea (sy-AN-ee-uh) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red-Orange

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Los Angeles, California

Richmond, California

San Francisco, California

San Jose, California

Brooksville, Florida

Metairie, Louisiana

Colmesneil, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Aug 29, 2003, Phaltyme from Garden City, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

This season was the first time I saw this plant, I love it. It is in a rather flat pot with purple petunias and has been great all summer and still is. In partial shade on a deck. I am in Zone 5a.

Neutral

On Aug 29, 2003, Baa wrote:

A small shrub from Mexico.

Has toothed or entire, mid-green leaves, the whole plant is softly hairy and slightly sticky. Bears tubular reddish coral flowers with a green/yellow tip and two tiny blue-violet petals.

Flowers between mid April to mid September.

Needs a well drained soil in sun or light shade, it very much appreciates shade from the sun during the hottest part of the day. This plant won't take frost so, if you live in a frost prone area, you either need to bring it in over winter, propagate each season or treat it as an annual.