Cuphea viscosissima blue wax-weed Lythraceae CUVI; Q, j (Stalter and Lamont. 2002);

Cuphea viscosissima flower. © Daniel Read.

Cuphea viscosissima flower. © Daniel Read. (Accessed 2/2018).

Cuphea viscosissima is an annual herb 15-60 cm tall , stem woody, sparsely branched, all parts sticky-hairy. 

Leaves opposite, egg to lance-shaped, 2-5 cm long, long-stalked. 

Flowers red-purple, 6-parted, irregular with a sticky-hairy tubular base to 1 cm long, 1-2 in upper axils, petals narrowed at base, largest ones 0.8 cm, blooms July-Sept. 

Fruit dry, a capsule, splitting open to release seeds. 

Wetland status: FAC-. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Dry, open soil.