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Cuphea cyanea

Cuphea Cyanea

See it on the terraces

Commonly known as the cigar plant because of the shape of its flowers, this herbaceous perennial originates from pastures and woodland clearings in Mexico where hummingbirds feed on the nectar filled flowers.

They were widely planted by Victorian gardeners in mass displays as they flower throughout the summer and into the autumn. They also don't need deadheading.

All species of Cuphea are rich in oils.  They are now used in the bio fuel industry. Large areas of their native habitat in South America have been converted to plantations at the expense of native wildlife.



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