Itsy Bitsy® Lilac False Heather
Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Monshi'
Full sun, Partial sun
Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
|Botanical Pronunciation||KYOO-fee-uh hiss-sop-ih-FOH-lee-uh|
|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.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Slow growing; reaches 8 to 12 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide.|
|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.|
|Flower Attribute||Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Cottage, Rustic, Tropical|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Rock Garden, Accent, Edging, Coastal Exposure, Ground Cover, Hanging Basket|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Heat Loving, Compact Form|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.|
|Companion Plants||Lilyturf (Liriope); Foxtail Fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers'); Salvia (Salvia); Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus); Fountain Grass (Pennisetum)|
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.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11