Cuphea hyssopifolia

(Mexican Heather)

By October 4, 2022
Multiple blooming purple flowers from a Cuphea hyssopifolia, Mexican Heather

About Cuphea hyssopifolia (Mexican Heather)

This inviting subshrub is known as Cuphea hyssopifolia, or commonly as Mexican Heather. Densely packed with delicate purple flowers that repeat bloom from early summer to fall are just a few of the many prized characteristics of this compact variety. Reaching an average mature landscape size of 2 feet tall by 2 feet wide, it grows quickly into a fountain-like form. It is an easy care plant appropriate for any style landscape with showy flowers that are sure to please.

Planting and care instructions

Plant Cuphea hyssopifolia in an area that receives full to partial sun exposure using well draining soil. Water regularly after planting to help establish its root system then reduce frequency. While known to be an easy care plant, in the spring to maintain a cleaned up appearance, cut back any overgrowth or to contain its size.

Landscape design ideas

Mexican Heather is a great option for empty patio containers or planted along a pathway. It flows well with almost any style of landscape including rock gardens, cottage style gardens and contemporary landscape designs. As a quick grower and low maintenance plant variety, it make sense for those seeking an easy care landscape design.

Botanical Name: Cuphea hyssopifolia

Common Name: Mexican Heather

Average Landscape Size: 2' x 2'

Plant Type: Evergreen

Bloom Color: Green

Foliage Color: Purple

Forms: Sub shrub

Sizes: 1 & 5 gallon

Special Features: Attracts Butterflies, Low Maintenance, Easy Pruning,