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Cuphea llavea (Bat-Faced Cuphea)

Bat-Faced Cuphea, Red Cuphea, Cuphea


Noted for its unique flower shape, Cuphea llavea (Bat-Faced Cuphea) is a fast growing, densely branched, evergreen sub-shrub boasting masses of tubular flowers, 1 in. long (2.5 cm), adorned with a pair of red ear-like petals and a purple calyx. They are said to resemble the face of a bat, hence the common name. Blooming in the leaf axils from late spring to the first frosts, the blossoms are rich in nectar and are attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. This Cuphea enjoys a rounded habit and a pretty foliage of pointed, ovate, dark green leaves that remains fresh all season. Easy to grow, heat tolerant, disease resistant, it is a terrific addition to sunny garden beds, along the edges of borders or paths, or in containers and hanging baskets. It makes also a wonderful annual or houseplant in cooler climates and a real conversation piece!

  • Grows up to 18-30 in. tall (45-75 cm) and 24-36 in. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun or light shade in medium moisture, well-drained soils. This plant also tolerates some dry conditions, but performs best with regular moisture.
  • No deadheading necessary. Will do best if fertilized on a regular basis.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Plants may be propagated by tip cuttings. Pinch back or shear if plants become too leggy later in the growing season.
  • Native to Mexico

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 12
Climate Zones 11, 12, 13, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Cuphea
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hanging Baskets, Pathways, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 12
Climate Zones 11, 12, 13, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Cuphea
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hanging Baskets, Pathways, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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