Cuphea hyssopifoliaItem #3049 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
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Profuse purple flowers on a versatile, compact plant. Tidy plant with finely textured, glossy, bright green leaves. Re-blooms continuously well into fall. Good for edging and seasonal color in beds and borders. Popular container plant for pots and baskets. Semi-evergreen.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:KYOO-fee-uh hiss-sop-ih-FOH-lee-uhDeciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreenSunset climate zones:16, 17, 17, 18, 18, 19, 19, 20, 20, 21, 21, 22, 22, 23, 23, 24, 24Growth habit:CompactGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Quickly reaches 2 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:PurpleDesign IdeasA delightful subshrub to fill out beds and borders with foliage and flowers. Plant as edging or a small hedge for tropical gardens. Softens the corners of paving and sidewalks and helps to define pathways. Makes a fine nest for the base of a fountain, birdbath or sundial. Excellent for lush potted compositions.Companion PlantsFountain Grass (Pennisetum); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Salvia (Salvia); Phormium (Phormium)
- CareCare InformationEasily grown in average, well-drained soil. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established in landscape. Apply a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more in extreme heat and containers.
- History & LoreHistory:Cuphea was purportedly first classified by French botanist Michel Adanson in the 1700's.Lore:The Cuphea genus is comprised of over two hundred species distributed throughout the Americas. Cuphea hyssopifolia is native to Mexico and parts of Guatemala. The species name alludes to the similarity of the foliage to that of the European herb, hyssop. Commonly referred to as Mexican Heather or False Heather, it is of no relation to the European family of heathers. In some regions, this plant is known as the "elfin herb" due to its small flowers and foliage.