Saturday, October 16, 2010

I found this Batface cuphea lurking in the planting I deconstructed this morning

I'm reluctantly giving this cool plant away. I can't keep it through the winter and I'm certain it's not hardy, anyway it won't be hardy planted in mid-October. There are a lot of member of the new world genus Cuphea and though there has been recent, scholarship published, not much of that information seems to have worked its way into the mainstream of horticulture. Consequently, this plant comes labeled just Cuphea. Next year I will make an effort to secure the monographs on the genus, but also a handful of different plants for bedding out as summer annuals. Hummingbirds do like them and this one has been covered in flowers since early summer.

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