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Cuphea llavea Flamenco Samba™ (Bat-faced cuphea)

Cuphea llavea Flamenco Samba™ Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Cuphea llavea Flamenco Samba™ KOO-fee-ah LAY-vee-ah Common Name: Bat-faced cuphea 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.
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, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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