Mexican Heather, False Heather 'Alison'

Cuphea hyssopifolia

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



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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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




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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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Gardeners' Notes:


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,


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.


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.


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.