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Cuphea viscosissima - Jacq.

Common Name Tarweed, Blue waxweed
Family Lythraceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range N. America.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Cuphea viscosissima Tarweed, Blue waxweed


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Cuphea viscosissima Tarweed, Blue waxweed
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Cuphea viscosissima is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

The plant has potential as an oil seed crop (World Economic Plants)

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any reasonably fertile soil in full sun or part shade[200].

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Propagation

Seed - this can be sown in a greenhouse in early spring, putting the young plants out in late spring after the last expected frosts. Seed can also be sown outdoors in situ in mid to late spring.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Author

Jacq.

Botanical References

200

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Readers comment

Stephen L. Johnson   Sat Feb 25 2006

Cuphea carthagenensis (Jacq.) J.F. Macbr. (Lythraceae) induced a significant reduction in plasma cholesterol in rats. Cuphea viscosissima should also have similar qualities.

Entrez PubMed Useful for cholesterole control

   Fri May 4 2007

This plant has medicinal uses.

Henriette's Herbal Homepage

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