Cuphea hyssopifolia

Cuphea hyssopifolia (hyssopifolia means hyssop-leafed) 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 a 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 due to its natural rocky environment around streams, where it has to withstand debris carried by the water. Small leaves and small pink, purple or white trumpet-shaped flowers adorn this shrub in Summer and Autumn. It looks great in containers.

Cuphea hyssopifolia
Cuphea hyssopifolia or Mexican Heather

Plant them in 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), cuttings, layering, or division. Generally, it is disease-free and pest-free.

Cuphea hyssopifolia
Cuphea hyssopifolia or Hawaiian Heather

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