False heather

Cuphea hyssopifolia


The False heather brings a touch of delicacy and fresh foliage character into our gardens and landscapes. A petite shrub that grows 1-2 ft. high and 2-3 ft. wide, tiny bright green leaves are held in neat opposite pairs on outward growing branchlets. Small magenta flowers provide accent character within the foliage during the spring.

False heather is a good plant for raised planters, borders and foundation plantings in our Inland Empire gardens. It’s perfect for understory locations where it provides rich foliage color and attractive texture for small spaces. It grows best in loam-type soils and with regular water throughout the year.

Plant Type: Perennial
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Mounding, Compact
Growth Rate: Short-lived, Fast
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Magenta
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Loam, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, All day sun
Function: Residential spaces, Raised planters, Near pools and water features, Hummingbird plant, Grouped, Flowering accent plant, Container plant, Borders, Small spaces
Height: 1 ft. – 2 ft.
Width: 2 ft. – 3 ft.