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Bat-faced cuphea

Cuphea llavea Flamenco Samba™

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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 CharacteristicsFlowers all season long without deadheading.

CareIdeal for hanging baskets, containers, beds, and borders, this plant needs little care besides regular watering once the soil has dried out.

PropagationSow seed in early spring or in situ in late spring. Divide, or root softwood cuttings in late spring.

ProblemsWhiteflies and aphids. Prone to root rot, stem galls, dieback, powdery mildew, and a few leaf spots.

  • Genus : Cuphea
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Flower Color : Red
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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