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Mexican Heather / White, Purple
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Mexican Heather / White, Purple

Latin Name:

Cuphea hyssopifolia

Plant Type:

Shrub

Description:

Wiry stems about a foot (30cm) long produce many tiny leaves and a mass of solitary flowers over the whole surface of the mound. Flowers range from white to deep purple.

Origin:

Mexico

Environment:

Suitable for the home or a greenhouse

Foliage:

No

Flowering:

Yes

Season:

M

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Requires a little extra care

Temperature:

50-75°F, 10-24°C

Humidity:

Low humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in full sunlight coming from the South/West

Soil Type:

A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil evenly moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed weekly spring through fall with a water soluble, lime free fertilizer.

Plant Pests:

Prone to spider mites (rarely) Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Seeds and stem cuttings in the spring through summer. It is best to propagate any type of cuttings or seeds in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Prune back in the spring. Keep cool and avoid over-watering. Normally the plant should be discarded after two years.

Is Genus:

No

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