Itsy Bitsy® Lilac False Heather
Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Monshi'
Pronunciation: KYOO-fee-uh hiss-sop-ih-FOH-lee-uh
|Description||A small, ground-hugging shrub that is formed by masses of relaxed, twiggy branches holding tiny, glossy bright green, lance-shaped leaves and produces small lilac-colored blooms in summer. An excellent accent plant for rock gardens, borders, and containers. A frost-tender evergreen that blooms nearly continuously in warm winter regions.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Keep soil moist, but not soggy.|
|Mature Size||Slow growing; reaches 8 to 12 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide.|
|Special Features||Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Compact Form|
|Flower Attributes||Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Ground Cover, Accent, Edging, Hanging Basket|
|Design Ideas||Small ground hugging perennials make excellent groundcover for the front of the perennial border or to cover up exposed legs on older shrubs. Equally suited for slopes and banks where drainage is assured. Destined for rock gardens where they nest the stones in foliage and color. Good edging to define a footpath or set of flagstone steppers. Spreading form will soften edges of raised planters and retaining walls. Suited to containers and best in terra cotta or porous stone troughs with good air exchange.|
|Companion Plants||Lilyturf (Liriope); Foxtail Fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers'); Salvia (Salvia); Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus); Fountain Grass (Pennisetum)|
|Care||Easily grown in average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established in the landscape, reduce frequency; continue to water container plants when soil surface becomes dry. Fertilize in early spring. For a tidy appearance, prune annually to shape.|
|Lore||Plants and flowers are a lure for sulphur butterflies. Despite it's common name it is not related to the European or South African heathers.|
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We have been pioneers and craftsmen in the art of growing plants for nearly 100 years. Since our founding in Southern California by Harry E. Rosedale, Sr. in 1926, we have been absolutely dedicated and obsessed with quality.