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Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Alison'

Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cuphea (KYOO-fee-uh) (Info)
Species: hyssopifolia (hiss-sop-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Alison

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Danerd On Apr 29, 2012, Danerd from Columbus, MS wrote:

I purchased 4 beautiful plants-so far they are thriving. It has been dry so have to water them frequently as I have them in hanging baskets with coco mat,

Positive dee_cee On Mar 29, 2008, dee_cee from Birmingham, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

I planted a small Mexican heather summer 2007 & it survived the drought in Birmingham, AL. & bloomed constantly. I trimmed it back a few times & cut it back to the ground after the 1st freeze & covered it with leaves. Much to my delight it started coming back in March 2008! Now I'm looking for spots to plant more.

Positive janlark On Jul 24, 2006, janlark from Auburndale, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

It's a real fast grower and forms a nice "carpet" when used as a border ground cover. We had a major professional installation three months ago and this is one of the few plants that has given us no trouble.

Positive possumtrot On Jul 20, 2004, possumtrot from Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I just love this plant! I grow this in a raised, compost bed and keep it watered. It grows fast and makes the prettiest little purple flowers! I made the mistake of not digging it up last year and bringing it in. The winter here in Western Kentucky killed it. I bought 2 more this year and will certainly be bringing them in before frost. Little care is taken and they thrive in part sun to part shade.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Attalla, Alabama
Auburn, Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama
Gurley, Alabama
Glendale, Arizona
Carlsbad, California
El Cerrito, California
Oakland, California
Santa Cruz, California
Santee, California
Auburndale, Florida
Brandon, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Lake City, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Calvert City, Kentucky
Metairie, Louisiana
Columbus, Mississippi
Pass Christian, Mississippi
Jasper, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Cleburne, Texas
Georgetown, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Magnolia, Texas
Mansfield, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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