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Products > Cuphea 'David Verity'
 
Cuphea 'David Verity' - Large Firecracker Plant
   
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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: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-6 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 grows to 5 to 6 feet tall with 3/4 in long dark green leaves borne along delicate thin brown stems. Nearly year round this plant produces an abundance of 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 great dense growing shrub provides nearly year round color and it an absolute hummingbird magnet. 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."  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of this plant in our nursery crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We also will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Cuphea 'David Verity'.