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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  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Cuphea viscosissima Tarweed, Blue waxweed


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Cuphea viscosissima Tarweed, Blue waxweed
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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 flowers are hermaphrodite (have 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.

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Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
The plant has potential as an oil seed crop (World Economic Plants)
Medicinal Uses
Plants For A Future can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.



None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Succeeds in any reasonably fertile soil in full sun or part shade[200].
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.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Jacq.
Botanical References
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Readers comment
 
Elizabeth H.
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

Elizabeth H.
Fri May 4 2007
This plant has medicinal uses.

Henriette's Herbal Homepage

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