Genus: Cuphea

Cuphea

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
(Cuphea)
KOO-fee-ah
Lythraceae
A large genus of at least 250 species of annuals, perennials, and shrubs from Central and South America, as well as the southeastern U.S. They are grown for their tubular, irregularly shaped flowers which have a long blooming season. Cuphea can be grown as annuals where not hardy. Use as bedding or in a border.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Long blooming, tubular flowers. Sticky foliage. Plants often attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
Care:  In the garden, plant in full sun or partial shade and moderately fertile, well-drained soil.  Cuphea benefit from a protected site. They are fairly frost tender. Prune in spring. Indoors, grow in full light and moderate humidity. Protect from strong sun. Tip prune for bushy growth.
Propagation: 

Start from seed indoors at 55-61°F in early spring or sow in the garden in late spring. Perennials may be propagated by division or cuttings in late spring using bottom heat.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Cuphea

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Bat-faced cuphea
Cuphea llavea Flamenco Samba™
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Totally Tempted™ cuphea
Cuphea llavea Totally Tempted™
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Cigar plant
Cuphea micropetala
Problems: 

Root rot, stem galls, dieback, powdery mildew, and leaf spots are fairly common. Whiteflies and aphids can also be problems.