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We use several symbols and abbreviations in our catalog:
: especially fragrant
: great for containers
: great cut flower
: heat and/or drought tolerant
: attracts butterflies
: Honey Bee Favorite
: Native Flower
HA -- Hardy Annual.
Hardy annuals can stand some frost, so sow in the open ground well before the last spring frost date, or, in warm winter areas, sow in fall.
HHA -- Half-hardy Annual.
Half-hardy annuals will survive a very light frost but are planted in the open at the last spring frost date or a little later. They can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost.
TA -- Tender Annuals.
Tender annuals are warm weather plants that cannot withstand any frost and prefer warm nights. Tender annuals with long weeks to bloom (16-18+) should be started indoors 8-10 weeks before the last spring frost.
I love this cuphea! It performs great all summer and fall in a container here in coastal Maine, and is the hummingbird's favorite food plant by far. Using one plant per 10 inch pot, it's a flowering machine!
My Cuphea 'David Verity' performed beautifully all season. It bloomed non-stop from early summer through mid-October here in the Mid-South and thrived in the heat. The hummingbirds loved it and were on it every time I looked out the window. Thanks for providing this plant to your customers; otherwise I would never have known about it. It will be the first item on my order next year.