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Cuphea Hummingbird’s Lunch
Cuphea Hummingbird’s Lunch
Cuphea Hummingbird’s Lunch
Cuphea Hummingbird’s Lunch

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(Hummingbird’s Lunch Cuphea) The long blooming, tube-like flowers of Cuphea ‘Hummingbird’s Lunch’ are an intense vermillion red shifting into deep yellow. This is one of the hottest looking cultivars of Firecracker Plant (Cuphea ignea) we’ve seen.

Common name This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion. Hummingbird’s Lunch Cuphea 'CUPP1751'
USDA Zones The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average. 8 - 11
Size (h/w/fh) The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height. 24"/36"/24"
Exposure This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates. Full sun to partial shade
Soil type This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage. Any well drained
Water needs Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface. Average
Pot size This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in. All will be well rooted & branched and ready to grow when planted. Our STANDARD pot is 3 1/2 inches across and 4 inches deep and have a volume of 1.0 pints or 473 ml. Standard
Container plant? "Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant. Yes
Patent # This plant is patented, or a patent application has been filed and is pending and may not be propagated, under U.S. Federal Code, Title 35, Part II, Chapter 15 §161 without a license from the patent holder. PPAF
Hummingbird plant? Hummingbirds have been observed regularly feeding from this plant's flowers. Yes
Mature height The mature height of this plant in average conditions. 2 to 3 feet
Mature spread The mature width of this plant in average conditions. 3 to 4 feet
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(Hummingbird's Lunch Cuphea) The long blooming, tube-like flowers of Cuphea 'Hummingbird's Lunch' are an intense vermillion red shifting into deep yellow. This is one of the hottest looking cultivars of Firecracker Plant (Cuphea ignea) we've seen. And cute? Faux petals at the openings of the floral tubes look like tiny purple mouse ears.

Cuphea are native to Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The genus includes a sturdy, adaptable array of ornamentals that are becoming popular in gardens throughout North America as well as countries such as Australia. Hummingbird's Lunch Cuphea, which was developed in the land down under, is heat-tolerant and grows well in full sun to partial shade. It's not a demanding plant, but needs well-draining soil and average, regular watering if rainfall is scarce.

Hummingbird's Lunch may possibly be a naturally occurring hybrid of Firecracker Plant and Pink Mouse Cuphea (Cuphea cyanea).  Short with an attractive mounding form that works well in containers as well as borders, Hummingbird's Lunch is a densely branched Cuphea that blooms profusely throughout the growing season. It attracts butterflies and bees as well as hummers. Due to rapid growth, it's an ideal summer annual in areas where winter temperatures are too chilly for perennial survival.

In 2007, Australian plant breeder Robert Cherry began experimenting with open pollination of various Cuphea plants including C. ignea and C. cyanea, according to his U.S. patent application for what was eventually named Cuphea 'Hummingbird's Lunch'. Cherry developed the plant from a promising seedling he discovered in 2014 and dubbed CUPP1751. Although "Hummingbird's Lunch" is a more tempting moniker, the hummers on our farm might simply dub it "Delicious" if they could write plant patent applications.