Plant name:Cuphea 'Flamenco Samba'
Virtues: The Flamenco series features a collection of vigorous, well-branched, large-flowered, and continuously blooming Cuphea. The flower size turns heads, and the heat tolerance is unsurpassed.
Bloom color: Deep burgundy.
Leaf/Foliage: Mint green.
Goes great with: Tropical foliage varieties. The blooms really sizzle when planted with dark-colored plants.
Habit: Vigorous and well branched.
Season: Performs best from spring to late summer.
Suggested by: David Doolittle of Euro-American Propagators (www.euroamprop.com).
Where does it come from: From an Australian plantsman and breeder, Terry Keogh.
Tips: Grows best when pinched softly. USDA hardiness zones 9-11.