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Cuphea 'David Verity'

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JC Raulston Arboretum. August 2003. This cultivar impresses me more than any of the red and orange-flowered hybrids sold today. LCH.

ht: 2-4 ft. - varies with climate and culture. It is obivously shorter as a summer annual
fc: dark red by some catalogs. In reality as the photos above showy it is dark orange with some red tints.
fd: 2.0 in.
ft: tubular corolla
lc: dark glossy green
or: a hybrid similar to C. ignea and likely derived from it.
ch: USDA 8
Glasshouse Works

Cuphea 'Firefly'

fc: red with purple markings.

Cuphea 'Flamingo Pink'

fc: hot pink with lighter pink tips
ft: tubular

Cuphea 'Georgia Scarlet'

ht: 24 in. tall x 72 in. wide
fc: red with purple center
or: c. 1995

Cuphea 'Hendrix Purple' (11/4)

ht: 18-24 in.
fc: corolla royal purple
so, in: Natives Sons (online catalog/database 2004)

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Alba' ('White', 'Heather White'?)

fc: white
eval: there are more compact clones including ITSY BITSY WHITE.

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Allyson', 'Allyson Purple', 'Allison' = 'Yatsubusa'


Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Aspen Snow' (9/02)

in: Juna Kebblewhite

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Cerise'

fc: cerise
ns: could be the same as the [Red] variant which is violet-red. The name has been used as a clone by some.
ns: it is a parent of the variegated 'Louisa'.

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Compacta'

ha: compact, cascading
fc: violet or "light rose purple" by one report
ll: smaller than species typical

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Desert Jewel'

ns: a listed name. It is apparently not white since it matches 'Desert White' for contrast

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Desert White'

fc: white

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Golden Ray'

ns: listed name for the parent of 'Lemon Squash' (see below)

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Golden Foliage' ('Gold Leaf Form', 'Golden')

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Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, Charlotte NC USA. September 2003. A skillfully planted bed of this golden form and red lanceleaf Caladium. The aroid has just enough pink tints to pick up on
the pink flowers of the Cuphea. The bedding combination of yellow and red is all the rage now in 2003. This is one of the best choices I've seen. LCH.

lc: golden
ns: 'Riverdone Gold' also has this leaf color.
Native Sons

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Golden Ruby' (1/02)

ht: 16cm tall x 17cm wide
ha: dwarf, compact, heavily branched
st: red-pigmented
lc: variegated golden
fc: reddish-purple
or: sport of species
eval: 'Lemon Squash' is a selection of it and by some reports a better plant.
li: Grahame, R. 1990. Plant Varieties Journal 3(3): 21

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Heather Pink' = 'Rosea'

ns: since Heather is part of the species common name we suspect the listings of Heather Pink and
ns: Heather White in trade lists does not represent distinct cultivar names.

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Heather White' = 'Alba'?


Cuphea hyssopifolia ITSY BITSY® LILAC 'Monshi'

ht: 8 in. tall x 10 in. wide
ha: dwarf
fc: rose-purple
introducer, photo, wholesale source:

Cuphea hyssopifolia ITSY BITSY® WHITE 'Monga'

ht: 8 in. tall x 10 in. wide
ha: dwarf
fc: white
introducer, photo, wholesale source:

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Karissa' (9/02)

ht: 16cm tall x 27cm wide
ha: spreading, semi-prostrate
fc: purplish (RHS 78B becoming 78C then 78D)
in: Carolyn Milne, Queensland, Aust. 1/21/99

Cuphea hyssopifolia [Lavender]

fc: lavender

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Lavender Lace'

ht: 12-14 in. tall x 20-36 in. wide
fc: lavender
pat: PPAF

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Lemon Squash' (1/02)

ha: more compact
lc: light yellow-green (RHS 145A becoming 144A)
fc: light mauve (RHS 84B)
or: Bruce Whatfield as open pollinated 'Golden Ruby'
in: Shadehouse Nursery, Blackstone, Queensland, Australia
li: Shadehouse Nursery. 2001. Plant Varieties Journal 14(1): 43-44

Cuphea hyssopifolia [Light Pink]

fc: light pink

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Linda Downer'

ha: dwarf
fc: white
fq: floriferous, improved over 'Alba'

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Lois' (9/02)

ht: 22cm tall x 32xm wide
fc: purple (RHS 78A) with reddish-purple martgins (RHS 74A)
fq: very floriferous
lc: yellow (RHS 144B) becoming yellowish-green (RHS 137B)
in: Carolyn Milne, Queensland, Aust. 5/5/00

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Louisa' (9/02)

ha: upright, compact
fc: apparently as 'Cerise' from which it sported
lc: irregularlky margined white (RHS 155D)
ll: 23mm long - smaller
in: Carolyn Milne, Queensland, Aust. 4/22/97

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'New Light Lavender'

fc: light rose-lavender

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Palest Pinkie'

fc: light pink
eval: Dr. Armitage says "so pale that they fade into the foliage. 'Allyson' ['Yatsubusa'] is better."
Glasshouse Works - members have issued a consumer alert for this source

Cuphea hyssopifolia [Red]

fc: violet-red - not a true red which is found in C. ignea for example.

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Red Compact'

so: Native Sons

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Riverdone Gold' (10/01)

fc: dark pink
lc: golden yellow
Manor Nursery

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Rob's Mauve'

ht: 40cm tall x 40cm wide
fc: presumbed to be mauve
so: found in the RHS Plant Finder 1999 and not since. We find no current online or catalog reference (2001)

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Rosea' ('Pink' in part)

fc: pink
ns: this name represents more pink and less purplish variants

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Shana' (7/02)

lc: yellow-green (RHS 151A) - different from 'Lemon Squash' (see above)
fc: purplish-violet (RHS 81A) - different from 'Lemon Squash' (see above)

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Yatsubusa' ('Allyson')

ht: 12 in. tall x 12 in. wide or smaller - in warmer climates plants can reach 15 in. and are less than dwarf
ha: more compact than species typical
fc: rich lilac to rose-purple, richer than species typical
ll: larger than species typical
lc: darker green
ns: we are following Glasshouse Works for prefering this older, Japanese name. We have no literature evidence
ns: for this preference but it has been very common to rename Japanese cultivars with English, commercial
ns: names.
Glasshouse Works

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Ultra Lavender'

ns: a listed name.

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Victoria' (9/02)

ht: 28cm tall x 32cm wide - much larger than 'Karissa'
ha: dense, compact
fc: purplish-violet (RHS 81A), non-fading as older clones
fq: more floriferous than older clones
in: Carolyn Milne, Queensland, Aust. 12/9/99

Cuphea hyssopifolia [White] = 'Alba'


Cuphea hyssopifolia 'White Whispers'

fc: presumed to be white.
Native Sons

Cuphea ignea 'Alba'

fc: white - not the usual red

Cuphea ignea 'Black Ash'

fc: pearl white, margined reddish-black

Cuphea ignea 'Coan Flamingo'

ha: dwarf, compact
fc: pink

Cuphea ignea 'Coan White'

fc: white

Cuphea ignea 'Dynamite'

ha: semi-dwarf, slightly shorter
fc: bright scarlet red, resembling small sticks of dynamite!

Cuphea ignea 'Pink Peculair'

fc: light pink

Cuphea ignea 'Variegata'

ns: a listed name.

Cuphea llavea 'Bunny Ears'

ht: 18 in.
ha: half hardy annual in most climates
lv: high pubescent
ft: rabbit-ear shaped
Thompson Morgan (1998 Catalog: 83)

Cuphea llavea 'Mary'

fc: bright scarlet with purplish-black dots
ch: USDA 9

Cuphea llavea TINY MICE® 'Tornado'

ht: 40cm tall x 60cm wide
fc: bright red and purple, appearing red from a distance.
fd: 1.0
ft: similar to mouse ears. One growers says it is like a "mouse face".
ns: this name should be regarded as a named clone though close to some species variants.
photo, source:

Cuphea x purpurea 'Firecracker'

ht: 12-14 in.
fc: reddish-purple
wholesale source:

Cuphea 'Stovepipe' (11/4)

ht: 18-24 in.
fc: light lavender and light pink
so, in: Natives Sons (online catalog/database 2004)

Cuphea 'Tornado' = C. llavea TINY MICE


Cuphea 'Trailing Purple'

ht: 12-14 in.
ha: presumably trailing or spreading
fc: dark lavender
lc: dark green
wholesale source:

Cuphea 'Twinkle Pink'

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fc: medium pink, whiter tips and tints (see photo above). The color base is close to red in strong light.