Cuphea hyssopifolia

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Cuphea hyssopifolia
Cuphea hyssopifolia.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Lythraceae
Genus: Cuphea
C. hyssopifolia
Binomial name
Cuphea hyssopifolia

Cuphea hyssopifolia, the false heather, Mexican heather, Hawaiian heather or elfin herb, is a small evergreen shrub native to Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.[1][2] It grows to about 60 cm (24 in) high by 90 cm (35 in) wide and has purple, lavender or white coloured flowers and fine foliage.[3]

The Latin word hyssopifolia (which also occurs in several other plant names, including that of Bassia hyssopifolia) means "hyssop-leafed".[4]

The species is naturalised in Hawaii, and regarded as a serious weed there.[3]

In cultivation, the species adapts to a range of soils in a sunny or partially shaded situation with good drainage.[3] It can be cultivated outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 8B-11.[3] In colder regions it may be cultivated as an annual.[3] Plants may be propagated by cuttings, layering or division. They seed freely, and new seedlings that appear are easily transplanted.[3]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit[5] (confirmed 2017).[6]


Cupheas produce numerous, small flowers
The branch structure
  1. ^ Tenenbaum, Frances (2003). Taylor's Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Houghton Miiflin Co. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-618-22644-3.
  2. ^ "Cuphea hyssopifolia". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Harrison, Marie (2006). Groundcovers for the South. Sarasota, Florida: Pineapple Press. p. 30. ISBN 978-1-56164-347-9.
  4. ^ James Donn, Hortus Cantabrigiensis: or, a Catalogue of Plants, Indigenous and Exotic (1809), p. 5
  5. ^ "Cuphea hyssopifolia". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  6. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 26. Retrieved 24 January 2018.

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