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Cuphea viscosissima (Blue waxweed)
Cressler, Alan

Cuphea viscosissima

Cuphea viscosissima Jacq.

Blue Waxweed, Clammy Cuphea, Tarweed

Lythraceae (Loosestrife Family)

Synonym(s): Cuphea petiolata, Parsonsia petiolata


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (I)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: To about 18 inches in height.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Flowers purple or reddish-purple.


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WV

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cuphea viscosissima in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cuphea viscosissima in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cuphea viscosissima


Record Modified: 2023-04-13
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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