Scientific name: Cuphea llavea
Common names: Bat-face (or bat-faced) cuphea, Mexican heather, mouse ears
Location: McMillan Greenhouses courtyard, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, Charlotte, NC
Date: October 12, 2014
Notes: Small subshrub for sunny area. Can be grown quickly from seed; some cultivars look less like bats than the species. Hardy in zones 9 or warmer, usually grown as a container annual north of that. Blooms profusely for months. Hummingbirds and butterflies are frequent visitors.