Funny Face, also known as Mexican Heather, is a hybrid of the annual flowering plant native to Mexico. Westhoff developed this variety for its rugged heat and drought tolerance. This plant offers a mounding, upright habit of 12" tall and wide. Tubular pink and yellow flowers bloom from July through September, flourishing in full or partial sun. This cultivar is well-suited to mass plantings, mixed containers, and landscape borders. The unique blooms attract pollinators and make a stunning solo planting. For a taller variety, try Cuphea Ignea.
Funny Face Selling Tips
Sell Funny Face to customers looking for an annual for mass planting or to add to a landscape border or container. Cuphea offers many benefits, from heat and drought tolerance to a long bloom season and attracting pollinators. Funny Face has unique pink and yellow tubular flowers on an upright mounding habit, flourishing in full or partial sun with no care besides regular water. Create an attractive summer landscape by planting Mexican Heather alongside Agastache, Crossandra, Lantana, and Mexican Sunflower.
Coach Your Customer
1. Space plants 10-12" apart in well-drained soil in a sunny location.
2. Water regularly, especially in extreme heat.
General Growing Tips For Your Rooted Cutting Liner
For best results with Funny Face, plant one rooted plug per 4-inch container, two or three per gallon, or three to five per 10-inch container. Use a well-drained soil with a pH of 5.8-6.2, EC of 0.9-1.2, temperatures of 65-75 daytime and 65-72 nighttime, and light feed (100-150 ppm N). Provide 5,000-7,000 fc light. This plant doesn't need PGRs or pinching. You may see aphids, spider mites, and thrips. Botrytis can affect this plant.
Pink and yellow tubular flowers bloom from July to September.
This plant doesn't require pinching.
Space containers for adequate airflow and sunlight penetration around the base of each plant.
This plant doesn't require PGRs. Use B-Nine spray at 3,750 ppm if needed.
You may see aphids, spider mites, and thrips.
Botrytis can affect this plant especially during short days or in wet, humid conditions. Prevent infection by watering at the base of each plant in the morning, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Provide good airflow in your greenhouse. We recommend using horizontal airflow fans. Space plants so that sunlight can penetrate to the soil level of each container.
Planting Funny Face Liners
We recommend using one rooted liner per 4-inch container, two-three per gallon container, or three-five per 10-inch container. Use a well-drained soil and completely bury the ellepot evenly spaced or in the center of your container.
Rooted Cuttings Cuttings vary in size between different plant families. These rooted starter plants will arrive ready to be transplanted in to your final container. If they are to be used in a landscape application, you will need to establish them in a 4 inch pot or an 1801 before planting outside.
Cuphea Funny Face Quick Reference Guide
|4 Inch crop time||5-6 Weeks|
|10 Inch crop time||8-10 Weeks|
|Bloom Period||Fall, Summer|
|Light||Full Sun, Partial Sun|