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Bat-face cuphea  

Cuphea llavea

Belonging to the Cuphea genus, Bat-face cuphea has a botanical name of Cuphea llavea.

Glossy green leaves accompany red tube shaped flowers on this low maintenance shrubby plant.1

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Fire engine red. It is a flower and is treated mainly as a perennial, so it grows best over a period of time (3 years and greater). Bat-face cuphea is known for its vinelike habit and growing to a height of approximately 50.0 cm (1.62 feet). This plant tends to bloom in late spring. If you would like to attract butterflies, bees and birds to your garden, consider growing this plant.

Mexico is believed to be where Bat-face cuphea originates from.

Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Bat-face cuphea is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year. It will be helpful to note the correct soil, sun and water needs of this plant to ensure that this plant thrives.

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How to grow Bat-face cuphea

  • Partial Sun

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  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Position in a partial sun / full sun location and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 10 - Zone 12 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. A soil ph of between 6.1 and 7.8 is ideal for Bat-face cuphea as it does best in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Bat-face cuphea is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Bat-face cuphea to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Bat-face cuphea from seed

Germinate with ease when place in a moist folded coffee filter place inside a small plastic baggy
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Soak seeds overnight in warm water before sowing. This will accelerate the germination period which can last from 1 to 9 months otherwise.1

Ensure a seed sowing distance of 1.30 feet (40.0 cm).

Transplanting Bat-face cuphea

As Bat-face cuphea is hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Common Bat-face cuphea problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Bat-face cuphea plants:

Known pest include aphids and whiteflies, powdery mildew can be a problem in humid climates.

Other names for Bat-face cuphea

St. peter's plant, Tiny mice, Bunny ears

Cuphea barbigera, Parsonia llavea

Misspellings: cuphea lluvea

Bat-face cuphea care instructions

How long does Bat-face cuphea take to grow?

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