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Mexican Heather

Cuphea hyssopifolia

Pronunciation: KYOO-fee-uh hiss-sop-ih-FOH-lee-uh
SKU #03049

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Description Profuse purple flowers on a versatile, tidy, compact shrub with finely textured, glossy, bright green foliage. Reblooms continuously, well into fall. Good for edging and seasonal color in beds and borders. A popular container plant for pots and baskets. Semi-evergreen.
Light Full sun, Partial sun
Watering Keep soil moist, but not soggy.
Blooms Summer
Mature Size Quickly reaches 2 ft. tall and wide.
Deciduous/Evergreen Semi-Evergreen
Special Features Easy Care, Fast Growing, Compact Form
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Attributes Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Landscape Use Border, Container, Poolside, Edging
Design Ideas A 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.
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Fountain Grass (Pennisetum); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Salvia (Salvia); Phormium (Phormium)
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 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-11

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