This section is from the book "The Florist And Garden Miscellany". Also see: All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!.
As a bedding-plant, this prettiest of all the Cupheas deserves a place in every flower-garden. It is true that a great many flowers are more showy in the distance than this; but upon closer inspection, few will be found to possess more interest. When near, its white-tipped bright crimson tubular blossoms are very handsome. It has also the desirable property of standing rough and stormy w-eather much better than many of our more cherished flower-garden favourites, and of blooming beautifully towards the fall of the year.
Its cultivation is so easy, that every flower-grower may possess it. Cuttings put in any time in February, in a little bottom-heat, will strike freely. When struck, they should be potted off singly, and kept in a greenhouse or frame until April, when, if the weather be favourable, they may be put out in some sheltered place to harden, till they are bedded out in the middle or latter end of May.
This kind of Cuphea looks best in a small circular bed, say five or six feet in diameter, well rounded up towards the centre. Twenty plants are sufficient for a bed of this size. It flowers from the time the cuttings are struck till the frost destroys its blossoms, late in autumn.
Warrington. Edward Green.