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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

fine-textured foliage. 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.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: houston back yard

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