Cuphea hyssopifolia (false heather, Mexican heather, Hawaiian heather or elfin herb) is a small evergreen shrub native to Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. It grows to about 24 in high by 35 in wide and produces quaint, small, trumpet-shaped flowers with six spreading lavender petals and green calyx tubes.
Flowers appear singly in the leaf axils along stems crowded with lance-shaped glossy green leaves (to 3/4 inch long). Blooms profusely summer to frost. Although heather-like in appearance, this plant is not a member of the heather family, hence the sometimes used common name of false heather.
Growing & Caring
Mexican Heather is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates high summer heat and some drought. Best with regular moisture. If grown in containers, plants may be overwintered indoors in warm, sunny locations. Easily propagated from tip cuttings. Best to start new plants each year, however.
Deadheading not necessary for continuous bloom but can be used to tidy plants.