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Cuphea 'Purple Passion'
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Cuphea 'Purple Passion'

Cuphea lanceolata
Cuphea 'Purple Passion' is a weaver that leans on its neighbors, its velvety purple flowers peeking out here and there and charming all who grow it. Summer blooming, it is a unique flower with eared blooms and sticky, petunia-like stems.
SKU #S1623
$3.25
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Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
50
Lifecycle
Annual; tender perennial
Perennial Hardiness Zone
9,
10
Annual Hardiness
Tender Annual
Mature Size
2-2.5' h x 1.5-2' w
Sun
Full sun
Soil
Rich, moist, well-drained
Season
Summer to fall
Color
Velvety maroon-purple tipped with mauve
Features
Great for containers
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
Attracts Hummingbirds
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
Surface to just cover
Sprout Time:
5-15 days
Seed To Bloom:
12-16 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Start indoors 8 weeks before planting out. Keep at 65-75°F.
Starting Outdoors:
Direct sow after last frost.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
After last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
An unusual edger, bedding, or container plant, cuphea 'Purple Passion's mouse-ear-like flowers will attract butterflies, bees, and sometimes even hummingbirds. It will do best with full sun (though it will tolerate some light shade for part of the day). If plants become leggy, pinch back. If overwintering indoors, bring in before temperatures drop below 37°F; keep in a sunny window where the temperature is 60-70°F. Reduce watering when growing indoors.
Final Spacing:
1.5'
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
About 1" per week. While somewhat drought tolerant, greater moisture availability will increase growth and blooming. Avoid saturated soils.
Soil pH:
Not particular about pH
Fertilizer:
Mix in a couple of inches of compost prior to planting. Alternatively, mix in a balanced granular fertilizer.
Diseases & Pests:
No major problems. If aphids or whiteflies appear spray with Insecticidal soap. Avoid fungal troubles and root rot by placing in a well-drained setting with decent air circulation.