Cuphea hyssopifolia

Elfin Herb, False Heather

These shrubby, low-growing, heat-loving perennials have finely textured leaves and flowers. Their brightly colored tubular flowers bloom generously in summer. They look like tiny cigars or firecrackers in purple, red or white with white or green tips. Use for bedding or edging and in containers and hanging baskets. Also grown as houseplants in light shade. Native to Mexico and Guatemala, they are hardy in warm winter areas. In colder climates, plant outside only after weather has warmed. Pinch growing tips for compact growth, and cut older plants back. Water during growing/blooming season, keeping soil evenly moist.
Cuphea hyssopifolia, Elfin Herb, False Heather
This rounded, evergreen shrub has many twiggy branches covered with tiny, glossy, bright green leaves. Flowers are rose-purple to lilac to white. Reaches 6 to 24 inches tall and wide.

Attributes - Cuphea hyssopifolia

Plant Type: Shrub

Bloom Season: Early Summer through Early Fall

Flower Color: Lavender, Pink, Purple, White

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 6 in. to 2 ft.

Width: 2 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 9, 10

Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil, Alkaline Soil, Hot Climates. Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.

Related Plants

Cuphea ignea, Cuphea viscossisima
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