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Plant Care Guide >> Ground Covers >> Cuphea
Cuphea is a small tropical evergreen sub-shrub with many charming attributes including compact form and fine textured foliage. It produces quaint, small, trumpet-shaped flowers with six spreading lavender petals and green calyx tubes. It is an excellent container plant for decks, patios or porches and even hanging baskets. The plant's compact size and evergreen nature make it a perfect permanent addition to small spaces. It blends nicely with other plants in container gardens and rarely requires special attention.
Common name:


Botanical Name:

Cuphea hyssopifolia




The plant's flat feathery sprays of foliage are about 12 to 18 inches long and are highly branched.


The plant bears small trumpet-shaped flowers in a light purple to lavender color throughout the year. There is a cultivar that produces white flowers as well.


For abundant flowering, the plant needs to be grown in full sun. It can be grown in partial shade as well.


Normal room temperature is suitable for the plant.


Prefers well drained fertile soil.


The plant grows best in high humidity.


During the active growing period water moderately, allowing the top in. of the potting mixture to dry out before watering again. During the rest period give only enough water to keep the potting mixture from drying out.

Pest and Problems:

No serious insect or disease problems. Problems include nematodes, mites, and occasional caterpillars.

Growth habit:

It is an evergreen shrub which grown to about 2 ft in height and has a spread of about 3 ft.


Apply standard liquid fertilizer.


Pinch growing tips for compact growth, and cut older plants back.


Propagation is done from seeds as well as from cuttings.

Special Care:

The plant rarely requires any special care.

Landscaping Utility:

It is used for borders, beds or edgings along walkways and paths. The dense and low growing plant makes a beautiful low maintenance ground cover The distance of planting should be 9in c/c.


Annual for borders, beds, ground cover or edgings along walkways or paths. Container plant for decks, patios or porches.

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