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Bat-Faced Cuphea


This drought-tolerant shrub is covered with tiny, stiff, sticky hairs. Leaves are dark green, oval and pointed. Spring through fall it bears red and purple flowers that are said to resemble a bat's face.

Cuphea llavea (C. x purpurea)

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf texture : Rough

Leaf length : 3"

Leaf shape : Oval

Leaf color : Green

Flower Characteristics

Flower shape : Tubular

Flower color : Purple

Plant Anatomy

Foliage growth cycle : Evergreen

Average size maturity width : 3 ft.

Average size maturity height : 2-3 ft.

Growth rate : Moderate-Fast

Cultural Information

USDA Zone : 20 to 25 F (Z9a)

Sunset zone : 11-13, 21-24

Water requirements : Regular

Light exposure : Partial Sun

Landscape Attributes

Hummingbirds : Yes

Butterflies : Yes

Attractive bark : Yes