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Re: Question about cuphea

I have had Cuphea 'Twinkle Pink' for a few years now. I haven't done anything special to it before frost because I can't get near it. From the time it starts blooming it is covered with bees.
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, October 02, 2005 1:22 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Question about cuphea

The one I bought this spring, which has made a very attractive container plant
all summer and won a blue ribbon in last week's flower show, is listed on the
label as an annual. I had never grown it before - bought it at a plant sale
because it looked like a nice plant. I was thinking I would bring the pot in
and see how long it would last this winter.

In a message dated 10/02/2005 1:50:32 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
holmesbm@usit.net writes:
One of my friends grows a lovely border of cuphea hyssopifolia by her
sidewalk in a Southern exposure but each year she has to replace it. Is
there anyway she can protect this plant in Zone 7...usually gets a lot
of winter rain and some heavy frosts...by covering it? My Southern
Living Garden Book says it will die to the ground in cold weather and
that it is evergreen where there is little or no frost and it is easy to
grow from cuttings. I'm wondering if she lets it dye back and covers the
plants with some straw or mulch, the roots might survive and grow again
next year.

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