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Cuphea hyssopifolia

 
Cuphea hyssopifolia
Mexican heather

Common name Mexican heather
Family lythraceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z9-11)
Flowers lavender (spring-fall)
Size 12-24"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes well drained soil

Glossy fine-textured foliage serves as a backdrop to a profusion of purple flowers that just keep on coming all season long. Even in Houston it is sold as an annual, so it is quite tender – but ours should brighten up the border around our pond for quite a few months until winter sneaks in a stealth freeze. It handles hot summers with aplomb, and can also take a bit of drought, although regular moisture is best. Plants started from seed early in the year will flower by spring, and it is also possible to propagate by tip cuttings.

Cuphea hyssopifolia

By late November, the three plants in our cluster have completely grown together, and are still in full bloom, as shown in the picture here. What you can't see is that the plants were literally crawling with honeybees: dozens were scouring the plant for nectar on this sunny afternoon. I don't know where the bees live, but some good honey is flowing somewhere!

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: waterfall pondside

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