Plant of the Week
Cupheas are great additions to our gardens for their beautiful tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds. Often, they're an annual plant for us; it depends on the winter and your location. But you can't beat them for hot weather attention!
As the name says, their flowers look like little bat faces. They have two upper petals that look like little ears. The ‘Flamenco' series is from a new cultivar with bolder, larger flowers.
The purple and red bat-faced cuphea is also beautiful.
This is a very drought-tolerant plant, but it does need some water, so keep an eye on that. But, it is prone to root-rot, so don't overwater it, especially in heavy clay soils.
It grows to about 2' tall and 3' wide so give it some room for air to circulate.