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Products > Cuphea 'David Verity'
 
Cuphea 'David Verity' - Large Firecracker Plant
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lythraceae (Loosestrife)
Origin: Garden Origin
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Year-round
Parentage: (C. ignea x C. micropetala)
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Cuphea 'David Verity' (Large Firecracker Plant) - This fast growing evergreen shrub to 5 to 6 feet tall has 3/4 in long dark green leaves borne along delicate thin brown stems. Nearly year round this plant produces an abundance or narrow tubular dark orange flowers with short yellow-orange flared tips and exerted purple filaments. Plant in full sun to light shade. Water occasionally in hotter climates but requires little irrigation in coastal gardens, especially if in part sun. This plant has proven hardy and evergreen at least down to 15 F and in colder locations down to 5 F., where it resprouts from it base. This presumed hybrid between Cuphea ignea and C. micropetala was given to David Verity, then the manager of the UCLA Mildred Mathias Botanic Garden, in the mid 1970's by a gardening friend who had found the plant in their Los Angeles garden. It was given to Steve Brigham in 1976 and later named by him when he published the name in the 1984 Kartuz Nursery catalog. We received our plant from Buena Creek Gardens, Steve Brighams's great nursery in San Marcos, CA in the 1980's and our garden plant is over 5 feet tall with an equal width. Steve notes that this plant "takes sun or shade and even drought and heat, .. it's an evergreen and everblooming shrub that I have long claimed to be the most popular plant with hummingbirds of any plant I've ever grown."  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Cuphea 'David Verity'.