|Cuphea "Tiny Mice" or "Bat Face"|
...you'll be able to see why this plant is nicknamed "Tiny Mice" and "Bat Face". Its official name is Cuphea (phonetically: kew-FAY-uh). Click to enlarge the picture to the left and maybe, if you sort of squint, and look a little sideways, you can see that it somewhat resembles the face of a bat (although I've never been nose to nose with a real bat, and don't hope to be, so I can't say for sure). Or you might view the little red petals on each side as the ears of mouse and the purple part, the face.
|Cuphea "Tiny Mice/Bat Face"|
Cuphea likes part to full sun, is heat tolerant, grows to a height of about 10 inches, and it's only hardy to zone 8. So I will have to buy another one if I want it in my garden next year. It blooms from spring to frost so even though you'll only have it for one season, you will definitely get your money's worth. I have mine planted in a small terracotta pot along with only one other plant: a creeping wire vine.
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