• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 8 to 12 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Heat and Drought Tolerant
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:KYOO-fee-uh hiss-sop-ih-FOH-lee-uh
    Plant type:Groundcover, Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:16 - 24
    Growth habit:Compact, Spreading
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 8 to 12 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic, Tropical
    Design IdeasSmall 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 PlantsLilyturf (Liriope); Foxtail Fern (Asparagus densiflorus 'Myers'); Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus); Fountain Grass (Pennisetum); Salvia (Salvia)
  • 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. Apply a general fertilizer in early spring. For a tidy appearance, prune annually to shape.Pruning time: fall after flowering.
    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
    History:
    This hybrid was developed by Monrovia and introduced in 2001. It is derived from genus Cuphea, grouped into the Loosestrife family. It was classified by Patrick Browne (1720-1790), the Irish physician best known for writing on plants of Jamaica. Cuphea species are concentrated in tropical regions of Central America, with this one native to Mexico and parts of Guatemala. Species name alludes to the similarity of the foliage to that of the European herb, hyssop.
    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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