General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: 18 to 30 inches
Plant Spread: 24 to 36 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Purple and Red
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Needs specific temperature: likes around 70 degrees F
Days to germinate: 8 to 10 days
Depth to plant seed: very shallow
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: start indoors 10 to 12 weeks before last average frost
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

Common names
  • Bat-Face Cuphea
  • Cuphea
  • St. Peter's Plant
  • Tiny Mice
  • Bunny Ears
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Cuphea llavea
  • Synonym: Cuphea blepharophylla

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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 19, 2019 2:32 PM concerning plant:
    This May of 2019 is the first time I ever saw this new annual on the market here in Pennsylvania, USA. I was looking for the Cigar-Plant Cuphea (C. ignea) with orange tubular flowers, but they had none this year, so I found this new species instead. I planted it in a big pot and it did well, getting about 30 inches high. The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds come to feed off the nectar. This Bat-Face Cuphea is one of about 260 species of Cuphea, all from tropical America, in the Loosestrife Family of Lythraceae. This is a broadleaf evergreen sub-shrub native to Mexico. However, like a good number of tropical woody plants or semi-woody plants, it can be used as a annual flower in temperate regions of the world to bloom the whole summer season. It can also be used as a houseplant in a sunny interior. This winter I will bring it inside and expect it to survive to place outside the next May.
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