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New Twist on Cuphea---Cuphea ignea variegata

May 19 2017 at 1:52 AM

Kathi and Michael Rock  (Login kathirock)
Hummingbird Member 2006

When shopping at a local nursery tonight, we saw something new in cuphea---Cuphea ignea variegata:

http://www.deeproot.co.uk/pbo/plantdetail.php?plantname=Cuphea+ignea+6I927Variegata6I927

While variegated leaves don't mean anything to a hummingbird, it's nice to have something different just for a change and after years of gardening with the same old cuphea. I was not aware that variegated leaves on Cuphea even existed.

I do realize that Cuphea ignea has flower tubes that are often too slim and tight for a Ruby-throat's bill, but these flowers looked about the same as 'David Verity' or 'Vermillionaire', which is why I purchased this plant.

Additionally, we found many other good hummingbird plants including:

-Salvia guarantica 'Black and Bloom' and 'Black and Blue'
-Salvia amistad
-Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'
-Arctic Blaze Purple Salvia
-Ruellia elegans
-Cuphea 'Vermillionaire'
-Salvia greggii 'Radio Red'

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Michael and Kathi Rock
Madison, WI
Zone 5

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King Cupheaphea
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Weird.

May 19 2017, 2:17 AM 

Hey Kathi! My Cupheas look like that when they're overwatered or are getting sunburned.

It's interesting that they're growing this in the UK where they have no hummingbirds.
~Nate. [linked image] The Mighty King Cupheaphea is in Zn 1/2" to the left of your second knuckle from the tip of your thumb on your right palm. wink.gif[linked image]

 
 
Indy Steve
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Re: New Twist on Cuphea---Cuphea ignea variegata

May 19 2017, 9:55 AM 

kathi

Nice selection of hummer plants at your nursery. You will let us know how this variety of cuphea , Im sure.
Steve
Martinsville In.
Zone 6

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