Saturday, October 31, 2009
'Candy Corn' Cuphea
It wouldn't be Halloween without Candy Corn, so my plant of the day is of course the 'Candy Corn' Cuphea. The plant gets its name from the flowers which emerge in late summer to early fall, and are orange at the bottom and fade into yellow at the top. This sub-shrub reaches 3-4 ft, and is a perennial in Houston. The Sulpher and Swallowtail butterflies are attracted to the flowers, and the hummingbirds flock to it! Plant this Cuphea in light shade to full sun where it has well drained soil. I just love this plant for it's fall colors and its stability in the landscape! A wonderful plant of the day to add on Halloween!
This plant made my day! How 'bout yours?