Cuphea hyssopifoliaItem #3049 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
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.
- DetailDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:16 - 24Growth habit:CompactGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing to 2 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:PurpleFlower attributesLong Bloom SeasonDesign 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 PlantsNew Zealand Flax (Phormium); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Salvia (Salvia); Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum)
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- 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.