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Cuphea ‘Starfire Pink’

Cuphea ‘Starfire Pink’ or Starfire is a hybrid with the parents Cuphea ignea and Cuphea angustifolia Jacq. ex Koehne. It is also known as Cuphea x ignea ‘Starfire’ or Cuphea lanceolata ‘Starfire’. It is a sterile plant. Cuphea grows to about 75cm or 26in tall. It is part of the Lythraceae family of plants.

Cuphea 'Starfire Pink'
Cuphea ‘Starfire Pink’

It is a bushy evergreen perennial. It has dark green foliage. Leaves are narrowly lanceolate. Cuphea ‘Starfire Pink’ flowers in the summer and autumn but in the right climate, it can flower all year.

The flowers are about 2.5cm or 1in. They have a deep striped pink tube and light purple petals. It has six petals two dorsal and four ventral. Deadheading flowers encourages more flowers.

Cuphea 'Starfire Pink'
Cuphea ‘Starfire Pink’

Grow Cuphea ‘Starfire Pink’ in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in humus-rich, moist soil that is also well-drained. It is heat and shade tolerant. Also, it is drought resistant and deer resistant. But it attracts bees and hummingbirds. Plant it in borders as well as a container plant.

Propagate Cuphea ‘Starfire Pink’ by cuttings do not use any chemicals just keep it in a moist environment for 10 days and warm, cuttings will grow fast and can start flowering in 5 weeks.

Also read about Cuphea hyssopifolia

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