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Plants of the UNF Campus

Cuphea micropetala - Candycorn plant
Family Lythraceae


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 hummingbirds. 


See plants on the east side of building 832-B.


Care Instructions:

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.

Cuphea micropetala