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by Bill on September 08, 2004 02:17 PM
Cupheas are frost tender perennial shrubs which are only hardy in USDA Zones 10 - 12.
How to Grow and Care for Cupheas, Bat Face Plants

Cuphea ignea
Cigarette Plant
(2 1/2-3 feet tall, 3 foot spread)

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Cuphea cyanea
Pink Cigar Plant
(2 feet tall, 2 foot spread)
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Cuphea llavea
Batface Cuphea
(2 feet tall, 3 foot spread)
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[grin]  - These are Cedar Hill flowers!

by afgreyparrot on September 08, 2004 04:38 PM
OMG!!! I HAVE to get some of these for my hummingbird/butterfly gardens next year! They are beautiful! I wonder if I could dig them up at the end of summer and keep them in the house for the winter..... [nutz] Or, would you have to just plant them in pots to bring in so you wouldn't disturb the roots? Guess you could just move them around outside easier if they were in pots! I like to re-arrange my yard constantly!

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by gardenmom32210 on September 08, 2004 04:59 PM
 - That first one is what everyone has been telling me is a "bat-face plant". Its one of my favorite plants in the yard. Its in full sun and its huge! It constantly flowers and the hummingbirds adore it!

I've never seen the pink ones, but am gonna start looking for it cause its sooooo pretty...I gotta have one!

Thanks for sharing [flower]

Karen [grin]
by afgreyparrot on September 08, 2004 05:36 PM
Karen just PM'd me and told me those were the seeds she sent me!
I have three of them started in pots already!

I'm so glad you posted these photos, Bill!
This just made my day! [thumb]

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by gardenmom32210 on September 10, 2004 04:54 AM
Just a quick note...I have been burying healthy stems and I'm getting lots of plants off of that.

Karen [grin]

P.S. Bill...where can I get the pink ones?
by weezie13 on September 10, 2004 05:03 AM
There was a gardener named MZ SHIRLEY from Fla,
looking for advice on the "Bat~Faced Plant"
I had never heard of it???

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

I should IM her and see if she still has her's....

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by gardenmom32210 on September 10, 2004 06:08 AM
Sure!

I'd love to help her if I can.

Karen [grin]
by weezie13 on September 10, 2004 07:13 AM
It was awhile ago, maybe even last fall she was wondering about it....
I should IM her and see if she's still interested?

Weezie

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
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- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by GardenGirl on September 10, 2004 09:17 PM
If you want an AWESOME hanging basket, plant about 3 or 4 plants in a 10 inch basket, you won't believe how beautiful it looks.

[flower]

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by weezie13 on September 10, 2004 09:19 PM
[wayey] [wayey] [wayey] [wayey] [wayey]
Hi Gardengirl!!!
How you been???

Weezie

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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by afgreyparrot on October 05, 2004 02:20 AM
I just KEEP coming back to this!

That first picture FREAKS ME OUT! ! ! [shocked]

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by Bill on October 06, 2004 05:31 AM
[dunno]
quote:
That first picture FREAKS ME OUT! ! !
[perplexed] Why?? [perplexed]

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by afgreyparrot on October 06, 2004 06:18 AM
Duh!

Not because of the BATS...I like bats.
Not because of the plants...I like plants.

But when it looks like bats growing on plants, well...that's just freaky. [shocked]

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by gardenmom32210 on October 08, 2004 03:51 PM
Did you ever get the seeds started I sent you?

Karen [grin]
by afgreyparrot on October 08, 2004 05:57 PM
I only planted one, because I didn't want to waste them in case I did something WRONG.
(Who...ME???) [nutz] [lala] [Big Grin]

It didn't come up, so now I have two started since day before yesterday. I let Brennan do it, so they'll probably come up! [Big Grin] He put them in a mixture of potting soil and some other stuff in little paper cups that I use for my sign (lettering) paint.

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by Bill on October 08, 2004 09:07 PM
a bat faced flower? [perplexed]
hmmmmmmmmmmm.........

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by catlover on October 08, 2004 11:31 PM
Wow now that is a close up [scaredy]

Bill your going to give Cindy nightmares and make her more [nutz] that she already is.....do you see the tongue sticking out at you Cindy!!! [Big Grin]
J/K Cindy!!!!

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by afgreyparrot on October 09, 2004 01:58 AM
[Frown]

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by afgreyparrot on October 09, 2004 02:00 AM
More [nutz] than she already is?

What's that mean? [nutz]

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by catlover on October 09, 2004 02:43 AM
[Big Grin] Cindy... That's a good wacky!! [thumb]

I think that bat also has a nasal drip! [Roll Eyes]

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by Bill on October 09, 2004 03:29 AM
quote:
I think that bat also has a nasal drip!

ROFL!!! Good distraction Karen... QUICK, change the subject!!!
Boy am I glad it was you who got some footinmouth and not me for a change!!! [Big Grin]

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by afgreyparrot on October 09, 2004 06:34 AM
I know you all are just trying to freak me out and make me have nightmares just so I'll get out of bed in the middle of the night and sit here at my computer and keep you company.....right? [Big Grin]

I'm growing some of those things right now... [Frown]
The seeds haven't sprouted yet...... [scaredy]

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by Bill on October 09, 2004 06:51 AM
Is it the glowing red eyes or the fangs or the hornlike ears that scare you Cindy? Maybe the fact that you know its alive?
Did you know that on Halloween night, at midnight, all the Cupheas rise up from the garden and can fly about freely til dawn? Get your camera ready!
[kissies]

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by weezie13 on October 09, 2004 07:02 AM
quote:
Did you know that on Halloween night, at midnight, all the Cupheas rise up from the garden and can fly about freely til dawn?
That's only if you feed it a steady supply of Hornitos!!! [Wink] [Big Grin] [Razz] [devil] [muggs]
Hook up the hose!!!

Weezie

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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http://photobucket.com/albums/y250/weezie13/
by afgreyparrot on October 09, 2004 07:02 AM
Anything that starts rising out of my garden is going to get sprayed by a skunk! [Big Grin]

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by weezie13 on October 09, 2004 07:04 AM
Hey [shocked] We were posting at the same time!! [thumb]
What's for lunch?????

Weezie

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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http://photobucket.com/albums/y250/weezie13/
by Bill on October 09, 2004 07:11 AM
There's that image again .....
Cindy sitting on a stump in the middle of her garden, with a half dozen drunk skunks.... fighting with her flowers... [perplexed]

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by weezie13 on October 09, 2004 07:17 AM
[flower] [flower] [flower] [scaredy] [flower] [flower] [flower]

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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http://photobucket.com/albums/y250/weezie13/
by afgreyparrot on October 09, 2004 08:01 AM
O.K.......make fun of poor little afgrey. [tears]

*her only friends are skunks*
[tears]

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by weezie13 on October 09, 2004 08:10 AM
[grin]

Love ya Cindy!!! [kissies] [gabby] [muggs]

I havta admit, that one on the right hand side, to the right of the middle of the picture
*as you are looking at it*
Looks exactly like one!!!

Weezie

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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http://photobucket.com/albums/y250/weezie13/
by afgreyparrot on October 09, 2004 08:17 AM
[Big Grin]

[kissies]

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by catlover on October 09, 2004 10:11 AM
[Big Grin] [Big Grin]
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Boy am I glad it was you who got some footinmouth and not me for a change!!!
Bill....I guess I have been hanging around here to long and it is rubbing off! [Razz] J/K Maybe they need to do a recall on this hair dye I am using....I don't think it is getting to the follicles. [Roll Eyes]

Back to the subject....I didn't see those red beady eyes til you said something....those are kinda spooky! [kitty]

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by gardenmom32210 on October 09, 2004 03:24 PM
quote:
Did you know that on Halloween night, at midnight, all the Cupheas rise up from the garden and can fly about freely til dawn?
COOL...now I won't have to decorate for Halloween!

Karen [grin]
by <carhar> on February 06, 2005 03:54 AM
Where can I get seeds of red ones and pink ones for which I will gladly pay.

thanks!!!!!!

by Winter Rosebudd on February 07, 2005 08:33 PM
WOW!!! I LOVE these! Its Halloween everyday for us... [Big Grin]

Do you really think they'll work well in hanging baskets?

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by Bill on February 09, 2005 05:17 PM
Cupheas make an awesome display in a hanging basket, but you have to make sure they get enough water!

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by Winter Rosebudd on February 09, 2005 10:12 PM
Well, I'll have to find some first...then see if they even like living in Southern California. They are so cool looking...I have to at least try...Thanks!

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by OHFlowergal on July 18, 2005 11:24 PM
Awesome plants and pics! I wish I lived in a zone that could support these! Just beautiful!!
by Finess on July 31, 2005 10:25 PM
I have some of the Bat Faced Cuphea but would like to know where to get the pink cigar plant. Does anyone know where in Houston? I'm just learning more about these plants since I've only grown daylilies and Iris's. I've gone crazy and just started buying all the Hummer and butterfly plants I can find. I love the bat face! Is it me or does that picture look more like a dragon?

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by Bill on October 05, 2005 10:07 AM
Did you know that on Halloween night, at midnight, all the Cupheas rise up from the garden and can fly about freely til dawn?

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by afgreyparrot on October 05, 2005 08:02 PM
Don't start trying to scare me again! [Frown]

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by Demeter on January 31, 2006 11:05 PM
Does anyone have bat face seeds? I bought a bat face plant early last fall. I had never seen it before and loved it right away. I divided it into three plants because it was so big. I hoped to winter it over and brought it inside. Very quickly, it developed spider mites. When I sprayed it, all three plants died. They didn't even have a chance to go to seed before the mites attacked them. I would really love to have this plant this summer and would be very grateful if anyone has some seeds to spare. [critic] [critic]
by weezie13 on February 09, 2006 08:57 AM
Bringing this one back up to the top...
Didn't see this last post back then....

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Weezie

Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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http://photobucket.com/albums/y250/weezie13/
by weezie13 on February 12, 2006 12:26 AM
Demeter,
You might want to go post this same question
into the SEED EXCHANGE, there's lot's of people
in there that do some trading..
Someone may have some or know of someone that does, or someone new coming thru may read it
and PM you about it....

[thumb] [flower]

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Don't forget to be kind to strangers. For some who have
done this have entertained angels without realizing it.
- Bible - Hebrews 13:2

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http://photobucket.com/albums/y250/weezie13/
by Bill on August 04, 2006 04:01 AM
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[wavey]

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by afgreyparrot on August 04, 2006 04:08 AM
[shocked]

You did that just to freak me out again, didn't you? [Big Grin]

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by afgreyparrot on August 04, 2006 04:10 AM
LOOK! It even has eyeballs! And EARS!!!

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That is so weird. [scaredy]

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by ServantsHeart2003 on August 04, 2006 04:36 AM
I would LOVE any Cupheas I can get my hands on!! Anyone??? I have fresh seeds for:
'Lemon Slice' Hibiscus
hardy dinnerplate type Hibiscus Red/Pink
Heartseed Vine aka Balloon Vine
pink & white 4 o'clocks
Lavender Moonflower Vine
many other things as they ripen!! LMK!! PM or email me--thanks!! Plants or seeds!!

Bonnie afgreyparrot--do you have a wish list?? Please PM or email it to me. Thanks!

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by penny in ontario on August 04, 2006 04:38 AM
That top picture looks like a bat [scaredy] [shocked] what an odd plant indeed!!!!

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by afgreyparrot on August 04, 2006 05:02 AM
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afgreyparrot--do you have a wish list??
That's not my plant! [scaredy] [Frown]
It's Bill's...
...I just copied it from the previous page where he had posted it.

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