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Cuphea llavea 'Rumba' (Cuphea, Bat-faced cuphea, Tiny mice)

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Plant description

Cuphea llavea 'Rumba' is a tropical to sub tropical perennial, and is a decorative flowering subshrub. In cooler areas may be best treated as an annual plant, unless it has a warm spot. It has flamboyant flowers of dark orange-red with a contrasting purple face. It is a showy plant that tolerates dry conditons once established. It is good as a specimen plant, for massed plantings and as potted colour. It has a naturally compact growth habit. It prefers a sunny spot with well drained soil. It can also do well in a part shaded position, though more shade will lead to a more open growth habit. Fertilise through the warmer months with a liquid fertiliser.

 

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: orange and purple
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.4 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.6 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 6.5-7.8

Diseases

Root rot in overly wet conditions

Pests

Aphids

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose liquid fertiliser applied through the warmer months.

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