Bat-faced cuphea

Cuphea llavea Flamenco Samba™

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Bat-faced cuphea (Cuphea llavea Flamenco Samba™)
KOO-fee-ah LAY-vee-ah
Genus:  Cuphea
This bold-colored cuphea is a compact, mounding subshrub covered with dark-centered, cherry red blooms centered with a deep purple throat and slightly ruffled petal edges. Flowers are larger than those of the species. This sun-loving plant can reach up to 3 feet in height and width.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Flowers all season long without deadheading.
Care:  Ideal for hanging baskets, containers, beds, and borders, this plant needs little care besides regular watering once the soil has dried out.
Propagation:  Sow seed in early spring or in situ in late spring. Divide, or root softwood cuttings in late spring.
Problems:  Whiteflies and aphids. Prone to root rot, stem galls, dieback, powdery mildew, and a few leaf spots.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower,
Red Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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