• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 2 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Patio Container Plant
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:KYOO-fee-uh hiss-sop-ih-FOH-lee-uh
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:16 - 24
    Growth habit:Compact
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 2 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Purple
    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.
    Companion PlantsFountain Grass (Pennisetum); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Salvia (Salvia); Phormium (Phormium)
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    Cuphea was purportedly first classified by French botanist Michel Adanson in the 1700's.
    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.


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