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Mexican heather  

Cuphea hyssopifolia

Belonging to the Cuphea genus, Mexican heather has a botanical name of Cuphea hyssopifolia.

Native from Mexico to Guatemala, Mexican heather is a rounded, densely branched 1-2’ tall tropical sub-shrub. It 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” 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. Some white- and pink-flowered cultivars are available. Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Neon fuchsia. It is a flower / ornamental and is treated mainly as a perennial, so it grows best over a period of time (3 years and greater). Mexican heather is known for its bushy habit and growing to a height of approximately 30.0 cm (11.7 inches).

Mexico is believed to be where Mexican heather originates from.

Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Mexican heather is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

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How to grow Mexican heather

  • Partial Sun

    OR +
  • Dappled Sun

  • Medium

In the garden, it is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. May be grown from seed started indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost date. 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.

Position in a partial sun / dappled sun location and remember to water moderately. Zone 9 to 11 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Keep in mind when planting that Mexican heather is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Mexican heather to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Mexican heather from seed

Transplanting Mexican heather

As Mexican heather is tender, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Common Mexican heather problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Mexican heather plants:

Other names for Mexican heather

False heather

Cuphea hyssopifolia Kunth

Mexican heather care instructions

How long does Mexican heather take to grow?

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