Mexican Heather

Cuphea hyssopifolia

SKU
03049
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.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical PronunciationKYOO-fee-uh hiss-sop-ih-FOH-lee-uh
LoreThe 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.
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 2 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean, Tropical
Growth HabitFountain
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Poolside, Rock Garden, Edging, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Fast Growing, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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.

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This Plant's Growing Zones: 8 - 11

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