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Cuphea blepharophylla

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(Eyelash-Leaved Cuphea) Bristly white foliage hairs give Cuphea blepharophylla the second part of its botanic name meaning “eyelash leaved.” It’s a Bat-Faced Cuphea with hot pink petal “ears” and a lavender “snout.”
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Common name
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Eyelash-leaved Cuphea
USDA Zones
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average.
9 - 11
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
12"/12"/12"
Exposure
This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
Full sun to partial shade
Soil type
This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage.
Rich and well drained
Water needs
Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface.
Average to ample
Pot size
This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in. All will be well rooted & branched and ready to grow when planted. Our 3 1/2 inch pots have a volume of 1.0 pints or 473 ml.
3 1/2 inch deep pot
Container plant?
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
Yes
Hummingbird plant?
Hummingbirds have been observed regularly feeding from this plant's flowers.
Yes
Synonym Cuphea llavea
  • Cuphea blepharophylla
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(Eyelash-Leaved Cuphea) Bristly white hairs on the tiny, lance-shaped foliage of Cuphea blepharophylla give it the second part of its botanical name meaning “eyelash leaved.” It’s a form of Cuphea llavea (Bat-faced Cuphea). Each flower is a tube ending at six hot pink petals, two of which are larger than the others and are called the "bat ears." The petals surround a pale lavender “snout.”

Most Cupheas are native to Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. In the U.S., they are perennial in areas with warm winters. American botanist Dennis Breedlove (1939-2012) introduced many species to horticulture via San Francisco’s Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens where they are part of the MesoAmerican Cloud Forest collection. Strybing notes that Cupheas are often referred to as calyx flowers, because their flowers and supporting calyxes aren’t separate structures. While some have no petals, bat-faced varieties have either two or six.

Similar to other Cupheas, this eyelash-leaved variety is a magnet for hummingbirds and other pollinators. Give it full sun to partial shade and average to ample watering. In areas with chilly winters, grow it as a houseplant or a long blooming annual in flowerbeds and containers. In warmer climates, masses of Eyelash-leaved Cuphea form colorful groundcover that is effective at suppressing weeds.