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Cuphea 'Mellow Yellow'

Family Name: Lythraceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Semi-Shade Lots of Water Moderate Water Ornamental Flowers Woody


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Genus Epithet
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Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Shrub (Woody)
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial


Native Distribution Of horticultural origin - this cultivar was introduced in 2011, by the commercial nursery Athena Brazil
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Low, compact shrub to 30cm tall, with trailing branches
Foliage Leaves dark green , glossy  to 1cm long by 0.5cm wide
Flowers Flowers yellow, to 1cm wide, with 5-6 petals. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Form
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens
Thematic Landscaping Golden Garden, Bird & Wildlife Garden

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna) (Insects (Butterfly, Moth), Insects (Bee))

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Lots of Water, Moderate Water
Planting Remarks Do not allow plants to dry out as that can cause leaf burn and leaf drop. This cultivar must be grown in well drained soil. Do not over water as this can cause the plant to rot. 
Fertilizing Feed regularly with a balanced fertilizer (20-20-20)
Pest(s) Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Glossy / Shiny
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Green

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Yellow / Golden
Flower Texture(s) Thin

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Master ID 32012
Species ID 6414
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.