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botanical name:
Cuphea llavea
Cuphea llavea © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Bat-Face Cuphea, St. Peter's Plant
synonyms:  Cuphea barbigera, Cuphea miniata, Parsonia llavea
family:  Lythraceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 0.60m
width: 0.90m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: red
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -3°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
description:
Small bushy tender subshrub, grown as an annual in cool regions. Hairy lance-shaped green leaves. Tubular red and purple flowers with two large petals looking like ears, produced over a long period from late spring to autumn.

cultivation:
Well drained soil in full sun or part shade. Quite tender although reputed to survive temperatures just below freezing if grown on very well drained soil.

propagation:
From seed, by division or from softwood cuttings in spring.

usage:
Summer bedding or containers and shrub borders in warm climates. Can be grown as a conservatory or house plant.

other notes:
Native to Mexico

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