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Allyson Mexican Heather

Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Allyson'

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Allyson Mexican Heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Allyson') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Allyson Mexican Heather flowers

Allyson Mexican Heather flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Allyson Mexican Heather (Cuphea hyssopifolia 'Allyson') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Allyson Mexican Heather foliage

Allyson Mexican Heather foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  False Heather

Description:

Small, freely branching shrub or subshrub with dainty purple-pink tubular flowers; grown as an annual in cooler climates; great for bedding, shrub borders, and containers in warm climates

Ornamental Features

Allyson Mexican Heather features dainty purple tubular flowers with pink throats along the branches from early summer to early fall. Its attractive glossy oval leaves emerge light green in spring, turning green in color the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Allyson Mexican Heather is a multi-stemmed annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Allyson Mexican Heather is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Allyson Mexican Heather will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Allyson Mexican Heather is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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