Cuphea Tiny Mice

Height 40cm
Spread 60cm
Full sun
Dry Tolerant
Botanical Name: Cuphea llavea Tiny Mice

Variety Profile

Cuphea, a genus in the lythraceae family, includes around 260 species which are mostly native to Mexico and Brazil. C. '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.
Spring brings us the first show of very unusual vibrant red and purple flowers that resemble mouse ears - hence its name. Flowers appear in abundance during the warmer months and will continue on into autumn.

  • Bright and intriguing display of violet, tubular flowers capped with two brilliant red petals make a showy display from spring to autumn.
  • An evergreen, low growing shrub.
  • Easy to grow for gardens or containers.
  • Frost and salt tolerant.

Cultural Care

Prefers a full sun location but will tolerate low light areas.
Grows well in most soil types which are moist but well draining.
A light application of complete fertiliser and pruning to shape should be carried out during the warmer months. Mulch well to help retain moisture during dry periods.

Plant Uses

  • Containers, baskets or general garden use
  • Spillover plant for rockeries or retaining walls
  • Edging or for front of mixed borders
  • Ideal for coastal zones and poolside landscapes


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