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Cuphea viscosissima [=Cuphea petiolata, Parsonsia petiolata]

Blue Waxweed, Clammy Cuphea, Tarweed

Scientific Name:

Cuphea viscosissima [=Cuphea petiolata, Parsonsia petiolata]

Genus:

Cuphea

Species Epithet:

viscosissima

Common Name:

Blue Waxweed, Clammy Cuphea, Tarweed

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Lythraceae (Loosestrife Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Dry or wet places, especially over mafic or calcareous rocks.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled, S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure, G_?: Uncertain (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

Notes:

Global rank is an uncertain G5

Sticky hairs on stem and purplish-green floral tube

Durham County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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