February 1, 2023
Cuphea hyssopifolia

Cuphea hyssopifolia, Mexican Heather

Cuphea hyssopifolia (hyssopifolia means hyssop-leafed in Latin) is a compact shrub native to Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. It is also known as the False Heather, Mexican Heather, Hawaiian Heather or Elfin Herb. It is part of the Lythraceae family of plants. Cuphea hyssopifolia is an evergreen, and it grows to about 45cm or 18in.

Cuphea hyssopifolia has hardy stems. This is due to its natural rocky habitat by streams, where it has to withstand debris carried by the water. It has small leaves. It has small, trumpet-shaped flowers. The flower is pink, purple, or white. They adorn this shrub in Summer and Autumn. Cuphea hyssopifolia looks great in containers.

Cuphea hyssopifolia
Cuphea hyssopifolia or Mexican Heather

How to grow Cuphea hyssopifolia:

Grow Cuphea hyssopifolia in the sun or partial shade. They adapt to a variety of soil types as long as it is well-drained. Propagate by seed (germination could take several weeks). You may also propagate by cuttings, layering, or division. Generally, it is disease-free and pest-free.

Cuphea hyssopifolia
Cuphea hyssopifolia or Hawaiian Heather

Also read about Cuphea ‘Starfire Pink’

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