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Pink Shimmer Cuphea

Cuphea ramosissima 'PAS1303307'

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Pink Shimmer Cuphea (Cuphea ramosissima 'PAS1303307') at Roger's Gardens

Pink Shimmer Cuphea flowers

Pink Shimmer Cuphea flowers

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Pink Shimmer Cuphea (Cuphea ramosissima 'PAS1303307') at Roger's Gardens

Pink Shimmer Cuphea in bloom

Pink Shimmer Cuphea in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  16 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  9b

Brand:  PanAmerican Seed

Description:

Small, freely branching shrub or subshrub with unusual tubular flowers that open to a star shape displaying pink and red petals; grown as an annual in cooler climates; great for use in any kind of combination; very heat tolerant

Ornamental Features

Pink Shimmer Cuphea has pink tubular flowers with red overtones and violet throats along the branches from late spring to early fall, which emerge from distinctive deep purple flower buds, and which are interesting on close inspection. It has green foliage. The small oval leaves remain green throughout the winter. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Pink Shimmer Cuphea is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Pink Shimmer Cuphea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Pink Shimmer Cuphea will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Pink Shimmer Cuphea makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features