Cuphea Ilavea 'Tiny Mice'
Red Bat Plant
Hardy evergreen shrub from the lythraceae family which has around 260 species which are mostly native to Mexico and Brazil. 'Tiny Mice' is a selection from a breeding program carried out in the U.S. which saw its potential for use as a perennial landscape and ornamental plant. Very tough plant producing a show over the warmer months. The flowers look like 'mice ears' thus the name, children are fascinated by these flowers.
First flowers appear in Spring showing its very unusual vibrant red and purple flowers that resemble mouse ears. Tiny Mice continues to flower in abundance during the warmer months and will continue on into autumn with a very showy display.
Grows to 45-60cm high x 60cm wide.
Very colourful shrub for the garden or containers.
Heat tolerant, full sun.
Thrives in most soils, deadheading not necessary as it continuously blooms but can be shaped to tidy plants. Frost & salt tolerant. Fertilise to encourage repeat flowering
At a Glance
- Prefers full sun
- Hardy & easy to grow
- Coastal & frost tolerant