When shopping at a local nursery tonight, we saw something new in cuphea---Cuphea ignea variegata:
http://www.deeproot.co.uk/pbo/plantdeta ... egata6I927
While variegated leaves don't mean anything to a hummingbird, it's nice to have something different just for a change and after years of gardening with the same old cuphea. I was not aware that variegated leaves on Cuphea even existed.
I do realize that Cuphea ignea has flower tubes that are often too slim and tight for a Ruby-throat's bill, but these flowers looked about the same as 'David Verity' or 'Vermillionaire', which is why I purchased this plant.
Additionally, we found many other good hummingbird plants including:
-Salvia guarantica 'Black and Bloom' and 'Black and Blue'
-Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'
-Arctic Blaze Purple Salvia
-Salvia greggii 'Radio Red'
A belated thanks for the info but Sis ended up going to Milager's the next day after she mentioned she might. By the time I found out, it was too late for her to get me anything since she had already left that place & on to the next. She said there were too many greenhouses to go through them all. I WOULD HAVE! I'm surprised about that place since their website showed them having quite a few Hummer/Butterfly plants, especially Russelia equisetiformis 'St. Elmo's Fire'. They also showed having the varigated Butterfly Weed that I never heard of 'Monarch's Promise' which I would have bought. Wanted to try 'Mega Copa' Bacopa as a filler for some of my planters.
Other plants they show that I would have checked out:
Cuphea 'Fidel's Red' (never heard of it but can't tell if the "cigars" would be big enough but looks like it flowers well.
Cuphea 'Torpedo' (a larger batface type)
"White" Heliotrope (which I love the smell of & always had to mail order)
A few Lantanas that I never saw locally.
Phygelius 'Red Alert' (had that before & loved it & so did a female Hummer the year I had it)
Salpiglossis (since my seedlings died when trying this for the first time)
'Summer Jewel' series of Salvia (I can only get red locally & they have the other 3 colors)
Salvia patens 'Blue Angel'
Salvia patens 'Patio' series
Salvia greggii 'Desert Blaze' (really miss this one & no longer have it locally)
Salvia 'Mesa Azure'
Salvia sinaloensis (maybe?)
The Salvia I was interested in from your post was the "Artic" not 'Amistad'. I really wanted to try this one in the ground but hopefully I will find it next year as I have my hands full at the moment. Haven't had a chance to check out your links as I was trying to get as much done after the cold/wet & now the blast furnace. I will after posting.
Thanks again for your info!!