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Cuphea viscosissima

 
Cuphea viscosissima
blue waxweed
Common name blue waxweed
Family lythraceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers purple (summer-fall)
Size 12-24"
Light sun

Herbaceous annual with tubular flowers borne on the ends of purplish stems, offset by broad lance-shaped leaves. All parts of the plant are covered with sticky hairs. The flowers, with the same general tube-with-ears shape as its genus-mate bat-face plant, are favored by hummingbirds and butterflies.
Blue waxweed hails from open woods and fields across a large swath of the eastern United States, and is one of the only members of its genus occurring outside of (sub)tropical regions. It is more of a wildflower than a garden denizen, but we'll see how it does in our garden; it will reportedly self-seed in suitable locations.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: left fence border

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