About 250 species of Cuphea
are native to North and South America,
mostly in the tropics. Several have showy flowers and are grown in warm
gardens. Although the resemblance is not striking, this plant is in the same
family as crape myrtle. Candy corn plant is native to Mexico. Orange
and yellow flowers are borne at the tops of three foot spikes. Heaviest
flowering is in late summer and fall. They are attractive to butterflies and
See plants on the east side of building 832-B.
Light: full sun
Water: average, drought tolerant
Soil: average soil, no other special requirements
In a cold northeast Florida
winter, it may die back to the ground and resprout in spring.
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