Cuphea hyssopifolia commonly called Mexican Heather or False Heather originated in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras in Central America.

Mexican Heather is a delicate tropical shrub with a Fern-like texture and tiny white and pink flowers or tiny white and purple flowers.

Although Mexican Heather looks delicate it is actually a tough plant. It grows approximately 12 to 15 inches in height and has bright green oblong leaves.

Cuphea hyssopifolia
Cuphea hyssopifolia

Plant Mexican Heather in sandy/clay soil in full sun. Mexican Heather likes to be moist so make sure that you give it a good drink of water daily. However, over the years I have found it to do better under partial shade. It can be used in landscaping projects as border plants or around a standard shrub. It can be grown from cuttings or by separating young plants from the mother plant.

Fertilize with Miracle Gro All Purpose Plant Food once every two weeks.

Until next week, Happy Gardening.

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