Mexican Heather – Cuphea hyssopifolia

Mexican Heather
Mexican Heather

This small shrub is native from Mexico to Guatemala, and is sometimes known as Elfin Herb!. Grown here in cooler areas it is treated as an annual, but in more tropical areas it is an evergreen, perennial subshrub. This plant attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Although I only saw cabbage white moths and one hummingbird supping all summer!

The False Heather can become a nuisance weed in warm areas. In fact it has been reported as a real problem plant in Hawaii. Mexican Heather is used to treat indigestion, dysentery, wounds, bruises, and muscle pain. Very little information found on this plant, except for cultivation information.

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