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Allyson Lavender Cuphea Plant

  • - False Heather, Mexican Heather, Elfin Herb, Hawaiian Heather
  • - Height: 6-12 inches
  • - Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • - Exposure: Full Sun
  • - Bloom Time: Spring-Fall
  • - Each 3-Inch Pot contains 1 Allyson Lavender Cuphea Plant
Plant Features

Allyson Lavender Cuphea (Cuphea hyssopifolia) is a charming, compact plant that boasts a profusion of delicate, lavender flowers throughout the summer and into the fall. This native North American species is a perfect choice for gardeners looking to add a touch of soft, feminine color to their outdoor spaces while attracting a variety of pollinators, including hummingbirds and butterflies.

Allyson Lavender Cuphea is well-suited for use in containers, hanging baskets, borders, or as a groundcover. Its mounded, slightly spreading habit creates a lovely carpet of lavender when planted en masse, making it an excellent option for filling in gaps or softening the edges of garden beds.

This low-maintenance plant thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers well-draining soil. While it is relatively drought-tolerant once established, Allyson Lavender Cuphea performs best with consistent moisture. Deadheading is not necessary for continuous blooming; however, trimming back the plant lightly after the first flush of flowers can encourage a more compact shape and renewed blooming.

As an herbaceous perennial, Allyson Lavender Cuphea is winter hardy in USDA zones 3-9. In colder regions, it can be grown as an annual or overwintered indoors in containers. Cutting the plant back in late fall and providing a layer of mulch can help protect it during the winter months in its hardiness zones.

With its long-blooming habit, attractive lavender flowers, and ability to draw pollinators, Allyson Lavender Cuphea is a delightful addition to any garden seeking a splash of soft, ethereal color and a haven for butterflies.

When selecting companion plants for Allyson Lavender Cuphea, consider those with complementary colors, textures, and growth habits. Some excellent options include:

  1. Calibrachoa: These trailing annuals, also known as Million Bells, come in a wide range of colors and pair beautifully with Allyson Lavender Cuphea in containers or hanging baskets.
  2. Nemesia: The delicate, orchid-like flowers of Nemesia in shades of pink, purple, and white create a soft, romantic combination when planted alongside Allyson Lavender Cuphea.
  3. Verbena: Low-growing verbena varieties, such as Verbena bonariensis or Verbena rigida, offer a contrasting texture and vibrant colors that complement the soft lavender hues of Cuphea.
  4. Gaura: The airy, butterfly-like flowers of Gaura lindheimeri in shades of white and pink add a sense of movement and grace when paired with Allyson Lavender Cuphea.
Attribute name Attribute value
Plant Needs
Sunlight 6+ hours
Overwinter Zones 9, 10, 11
Soil Moisture Moist
Soil Properties Well-drained
Fertilizer Weekly
Attribute name Attribute value
Plant Characteristics
Height Category Short
Garden Styles Butterfly Garden, Container Garden, Pollinator Garden
Mature Spread 16-20 inches
Habit Mounded
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Color Green
Attracts Butterflies
Features Heat tolerant
Plant Used for Aesthetic Appeal, Borders and Edging, Focal Point
Pet Friendly Yes
Plant Type Hybrid

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Allyson Lavender CUPHEA

Never stops blooming in Ohio, beautiful little plant.

From anonymous | October 21, 2021