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

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Plant description

Cuphea llavea 'Tango' is a decorative flowering tropical to sub tropical perennial subshrub. In cooler areas may be best treated as an annual plant, unless it has a warm spot. It has flamboyant flowers of pink 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: pink and purple
Flowering season: spring summer autumn winter

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?

Yes. Attracts: Butterflies, moths, insects, bees.

Climate

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

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 6.5-7.8

Pests

Aphids

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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