Bat-Face Cuphea (Cuphea llavea)

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Botanical names:
Cuphea llavea Accepted
Cuphea blepharophylla Synonym

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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)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
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
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Hummingbirds
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

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Location: VermontDate: 2012-05-22
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Location: HomeDate: 2016-08-23
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: 2013-06-17
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-07-05
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-07-16
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Location: My garden in Warrenville, SCDate: July 29, 2015
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-08-19used as annual in big pot
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2011-09-21
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Location: My garden in Gent, BelgiumDate: 2011-08-10
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Location: Austin ,TXDate: OctoberConsidered an annual in my garden.  By December, it's gone.
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Location: San Antonio TXDate: 2017-07-26
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2011-07-27
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2011-09-21
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2011-09-21
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Location: My garden in Gent, BelgiumDate: 2011-08-28
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-06-16
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Location: Work areaDate: 2014-08-25
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2017-07-19Cuphea corner
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-08-19close-up of flowers of annual in pot
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-05-31
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Location: Work areaDate: 2014-08-25
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Location: Work areaDate: 2014-08-25
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-09-29
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-10-16
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Location: West Chester, PennsylvaniaDate: 2019-08-19flowers and foliage of annual in pot
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 19, 2019 2:32 PM

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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