These types of evergreen shrubs, Tropical Mexican Heather are low growing shrubs that are green lush and easy to care for and look beautiful in evergreen gardens as a border or just a garden filler.
The list of plant names Mexican Heather also goes by are, False Heather, Hawaiian Heather, elfin herb and its scientific name of plants is Cuphea Hyssopifolia and comes from the Lythraceae family.
This plant type is used as evergreen shrubs and also flowering groundcover and will grow anywhere from 1 to 2 feet high and the capabilities to spread as wide as 2 to 3 feet which is normal behavior for this plant.
These tropical shrubs are very dense growing shrubs with delicate feathery leaves and with tiny light purple flowers that put on a never ending show year round of its blooms as you will see in the shrub pictures below.
If you want to be creative you can shape them into different shapes like squares, circles, or rectangular small shrubs. If you just leave them alone they are quite beautiful too.
Native to Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras in its tropical regions and biomes of South America and is now found widely grown as and evergreen in warmer climates such as southern areas of the United States and other tropical island and regions.
It does survive in other parts of the country but may not survive frost and cold winter climates.
How do plants grow? the False Heather
When growing the cuphea hyssopifolia really is simple.
The False Heather will grow best if full sun to part shade it
really isn’t picky but they do thrive best in hot, humid weather.
When it comes to watering moderate watering is just fine depending on how dry your area is you will probably only need to water it about 2 to 3 times a week, although a potted cuphea hyssophifolia may need a bit more water.
You can fertilize a couple time in the summer but that’s it, this is such an easy plant to care for.
Lastly all you will need to do but not necessary is get a pair of clean, sharp pruning sheers and trim your plants to your desired shape, square or round, no matter what it will look beautiful.
These plants are so easy to grow and give your garden that extra touch it needed without any stress or worry!