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Lavender Lace Cuphea

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  • Light Requirement is Full Sun
  • Height 10-12 Inches
  • Width 16-18 Inches
  • Use as a filler when using in containers
  • Perfect for fairy gardens!

Lavender Lace Cuphea hyssopifolia is that tropical accent to make the summer complete. With its green glossy foliage and small trumpet, blooms Cuphea softens the edge of a landscape or a container. Its flowers bloom from spring into summer. It is short in stature, measuring 12 inches in height. Also known as Mexican Heather, Lavender Lace Cuphea has a spread of 16 to 18 inches and grows in a mounding habit.

Cuphea is easy going and is a beautiful addition to any garden. It’s purple blooms attract hummingbirds. Spent blooms are dust in the wind, so no deadheading is required. Native to parts of Mexico and Guatemala, Cuphea stands up to the heat and drought. When planted in a container, this plant does an excellent job as a filler. Design and plant Cuphea along walkways and borders to make a grand entrance. Use large colorful containers around a pool or patio to create a lush tropical feel. This plant is also a surprising addition to an enchanted fairy garden.

Lavender Lace Cuphea Care

The care is very minimal. Cuphea loves at least 6 hours of sun daily. It has medium water requirements and it needs average, well-draining soil. No trimming is needed. If in a container, add an application of slow-release fertilizer once per season. If planted in the landscape add an annual application of fertilizer or compost to keep it vigorous. Typically this plant is not bothered by pests or insects. Browning leaves are an indication to water deeply and more frequently.

Cuphea is a tropical shrub to zones 9 to 11, but it is an annual in zones 8 and below. This plant does not tolerate frost and typically does not do well overwintering in more temperate zones.

Lavender Lace Cuphea Spacing

When planting in the landscape or containers, space Cuphea 16 to 18 inches apart. Use at least a 14-inch pot when planting it in a container.

Lavender Lace Cuphea Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 9-11
Flower Color(s): Purple
Flower Description: Lavender
Bloom Period: Planting To Hard Frost
Foliage Color(s) Green
Light Exposure: Full Sun
Height Class: Short
Height: 10-12 Inches
Spread: 16-18 Inches
Spacing: 16-18 Inches
Habit: Mounded
Watering: Average
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Attracts: Birds, Hummingbirds
Container Role: Filler
Use Types: Container, Landscape
Features: Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer, Deadheading Not Necessary, Pollinator Attractor
Maintenance: Easy
Scientific Name: Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Lavender Lace'.
Common Name: Lavender Lace Cuphea
Other Name(s): Firecracker plant, cigar flower, Mexican cigar plant, Mexican heather, Hawaiian heather, bat flower, bunny ears, false heather, elfin herb
Plant Type: Annual
Brand: Proven Selections

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