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Cuphea 'David Verity'

Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cuphea (KYOO-fee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: David Verity

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mojogirl On Jun 3, 2013, mojogirl from College Station, TX wrote:

Does this thing ever stop blooming?! I just bought this and put it in a planter a few months ago. It has bloomed non-stop since then. It's a favorite of the bees and hummingbirds. Adds wonderful color to our deck!

Positive Susi_So_Callif On Jun 29, 2012, Susi_So_Callif from Vista, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Here in Sunset zone 24, USDA zone 10 this easily gets to 5-6' tall and at least as wide in about 2-3 years from a 1-gal plant with very little water. A hummingbird magnet - blooms almost all year. Very dense growth - good screening plant.

Positive retrodiva On Jun 30, 2009, retrodiva from Alameda, CA wrote:

I remember my grandmother in Bagley, MN having a gorgeous specimen of this plant growing in her dining room. It was next to a sunny window with a light curtain. It bloomed constantly.

Positive penpen On Jun 6, 2008, penpen from North Tonawanda, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I also grow this as an annual but take cuttings for new starts each fall. I keep one in a large container and then plant the rooted cuttings throughout my hummer garden. It grows and blooms all season long and is a must have for hummer gardeners. Cuttings root very quickly in soil or in water so even the most inexperieced gardener can be successful with this plant.

Positive wind On Jan 28, 2007, wind from Mount Laurel, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

I buy Cuphea from a local garden center and treat as an annual (zone 6). I planted 3 in a large planter surrounded with cascading lavender fanflower and just love the combination. Have done this now for the past few seasons. Hummingbirds LOVE Cuphea!

Neutral Baa On Aug 16, 2005, Baa wrote:

A hybrid cultivar of C. ignea and C. micropetala parentage.


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

Chico, California
Encinitas, California
Sacramento, California
Vista, California
Spring Hill, Florida
Valparaiso, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Ashburn, Georgia
Hebron, Kentucky
Russellville, Kentucky
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Bagley, Minnesota
Lincoln, Nebraska
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
North Tonawanda, New York
Conway, South Carolina
Memphis, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
College Station, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Lockhart, Texas
Spring, Texas
Kenmore, Washington
Menasha, Wisconsin
Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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