Mexican Heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia)

Cuphea hyssopifolia flowers

Cuphea hyssopifolia (False Heather, Mexican Heather) – shrub, compact 2×2 dense regular shape makes it perfect for formal looking low hedge with or without trimming . This plant is native to Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. Hardiness zones 8-11. It is very tough, does not require much care, tolerates clay soil and low water. Plant it in full to partial sun arias. In hot Bay Area inland areas it does better with morning sun and afternoon shade. It blooms continuously from spring to fall. Weeds do not have any chance under this bushy and dense shrub, so it is ideal for perennial beds, borders and parking strips.

Plant profile summary:

Name Cuphea hyssopifolia(False Heather, Mexican Heather)
Zone/ Sunset Zone USDA 8-11
Type: Evergreen perennial shrub
Size/shape: Small, 2×2 feet shrub
Life Span:
Foliage/ Flower/ Fruits Type/ Color Small bright green oblong leaves, masses of small pink, lavender or white flowers
Sun/ wind Exposure: Full sun to part shade in hot areas
Water requirements: Low
Soil requirements: Does well in variety of soils
Use: Great in borders and as foundation shrub
Attractions – special features: Long blooming, dense form – formal feel
Pests / Diseases:
Trimming responds well to trimming, can cut to 1/3in winter and it will come back as new and bushy
Caution: n/a