The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Bok Tower Gardens
The conservation of Cuphea aspera is fully sponsored.
Nick Baker contributed to this Plant Profile.
Cuphea aspera is a perennial herb that produces flowering stems that are 8-16 inches tall. On these stems, small pinkish purple flowers appear from June - July. Leaves are rough and hairy, lance or oval shaped, with entire margins. The common name (waxweed) comes from the waxy or sticky feel of the upper stems, flower stalks, and flower tubes of the species, which are also covered with purple and white hairs. This species is found only in three counties in the Florida Panhandle. Of these populations, few are protected and many are threatened by encroaching development. (FNAI 2000; Clewell 1985)
Distribution & Occurrence
Found in Mesic Flatwoods, Wet Prairies, and on Seepage Slopes in Florida. (Coile 2000) Prefers moist soils, grows well on roadsides.
|About 20 populations are known, most on private timber company lands. (FNAI 2000)|
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Avoid ditching, draining, bedding, or other disturbance to soil and hydrology.
Determine true range and population locations.
Hall, David W. 1993. Illustrated plants of Florida and the coastal plain. Gainesville, FL: Maupin House. 431p.
Tobe, J.; Burks, K.C.; Cantrell, R.W.; Garland, M.A.; Sweeney, M.E.; Hall, D.W.; Wallace, P.; Anglin, G.; Nelson, G.; Cooper, J.R.; Bickner, D.; Gilbert, K.; Aymond, N.; Raymond, N. 1998. Florida Wetland Plants. An identification manual. Gainesville, FL: