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Cuphea 'Strybing Sunset'

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Floriferous and heat tolerant, Cuphea 'Strybing Sunset' is a long-blooming addition to wildlife gardens. Similar to Salvias, Cupheas are rich sources of nectar that fuel hummingbird migration. Bees, butterflies and hoverflies are among the other pollinators that love this genus.

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Degree of Difficulty
Challenging
Degree of Difficulty
This plant is can be challenging to grow in conditions outside those in which it is found in the wild.
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.
Strybing Sunset Bunny Ears
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 - 9
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
36"/36"/36"
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 to ample
Pot size
This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in.
3 1/2 inch deep pot
Container plant?
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
Yes
Hummingbird plant? Yes
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Floriferous and heat tolerant, Cuphea 'Strybing Sunset' is a long-blooming addition to wildlife gardens. Similar to Salvias, Cupheas are rich sources of nectar that fuel hummingbird migration. Bees, butterflies and hoverflies are among the other pollinators that love this genus.

The bright orange and yellow flowers of Cuphea 'Strybing Sunset' don't have corollas. Their barrel-shaped blossoms merge flower with calyx and are called tube-calyx flowers. Fringed tips make the blossoms look a bit like burning cigars or firecrackers.

Overall there are 260 species of Cupheas -- members of the Lythraceae family -- and most are native to Mexico, South America, the Caribbean and parts of the American South. This one is named for Strybing Arboretum at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, which grows many Cupheas.

In contrast to cigar-style Cupheas, many members of the genus have two to six tiny petals at the end of their tube calyxes. Some have a mouse- or bat-ear look. Ears or no ears, all Cupheas are fine companions in Salvia gardens.

Cupheas are perennial in climates with moderate winters where they grow well in full sun to partial shade as groundcover, edging or container plants. Although they thrive with average watering based on local conditions, Cupheas are water-loving plants that can serve as a solution in moist areas of your yard. In areas with cooler winters, Cuphea 'Strybing Sunset' can be a houseplant or seasonal bedding choice.