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Cuphea Hyssopifolia is a small evergreen small shrub. It was rewarded with the award: Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit. The flowers are purple in colour and mainly bloom during the warm months. The other names of this plant are Mexican heather, Hawaiian heather, Lavender Lace False Heather, False Heather and elfin herb. It grows well in tropical regions. These plants are a bit bushy.
This plant belongs to Lythraceae family. The botanical name of this plant is Cuphea Hyssopifolia, 'Lavender Lace'. The leaves are dark green and appear to have a fine texture. The flowers have five petals and are small and tubular attracting many bees and butterflies. It is a native plant from Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. The colour of the flowers can be lavender or white besides purple.
These plants can be easily grown. Holes must be dug up widely after which the soil must be amended with some organic matter as organic matter is good for the plant's growth.
For pedestrian safety and size control pruning must be done as it both helps in removal of diseased parts of the plant as well as shaping them.
Watering must be done at a medium rate to keep the soil moist as the plant grows well in moist soil. If the plant receives full sunlight watering must be done on a regular basis.
Soil must be well-drained and moist. Soils which are rich in organic matter and are slightly sandy or clayey are good for the growth of the plants.
The plants grow healthily in full sunlight.
The average temperature needed for the good proliferation of these plants is between 10 degree Celsius and 15 degree Celsius.
Though the flowers grow well during the warm months blooming occur for the whole of the year.
The plants grow to a height of one foot to two feet.
Application of any kind of organic fertilizers will help in the growth of these plants.
It has a number of uses and can be cut into different shapes.
These plants are used as container plants, bedding plants, ground cover, hanging basket plants, edging, bordering and etc.
These plants also have medicinal usage as it comes to aid in cases of indigestion and dysentery.