Mexican Heather, Mexican false heather, false heather, Hawaiian heather;
Bolivia (La Paz), Colombia (Antioquia, Boyacá, Chocó, Santander, Valle), Venezuela (Delta Amacuro, Miranda, Nueva Esparta, Tachira, Trujillo), Mexico (Baja California Sur, Chiapas, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico State, Morelos, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Veracruz), Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica (introduced), Puerto Rico (introduced), Cuba (introduced), Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Nicaragua, Lesser Antilles (introduced) (Montserrat (introduced), St. Lucia (introduced)), Fiji (introduced), Morocco (introduced), Hawaii (introduced) (Hawaii Isl. (introduced)), Thailand (introduced), Taiwan (introduced), Micronesia (introduced) (Pohnpei) (introduced)) as per Catalogue of Life;

For ID 021011- some Rotala sp. ?:
I photographed this shrub at Pu La Deshpande Garden, Pune. It looks like Rotala sp.  Is there any such Rotala sp which has white flowers ???
Plz Identify.
Habitat- Planted
Dated- 01/10/11

This must be false heather. Cuphea hyssopifolia, native of Central America, cultivated elsewhere as ornamental.
Flower colour ranges from pink to white.

Cuphea hyssopifolia / Mexican Heather it is.


efloraindia: 281111 BRS129:

Pl. find the attachef file contain photos for id. request.
Location : NBNP Garden, Anaikatti, Coimbatore
Date: 25.11.2011
Habitat: Garden
Habit: Herb.

May be a Cuphea sp.

Cuphea hyssopifolia?

Yes, this is called ‘False Heather’ in English


Attaching an image of Psyche butterfly on the flower of Cuphea hyssopifolia.


Garden plant for id – 150113 ANB-0023 – Mumbai:
Another garden plant with beautiful flowers, would love to know its name if possible.

Cuphea hyssopifolia in the family Lythraceae!

This is Mexican Heather …. Cuphea hyssopifolia
short lived as houseplant


Garden plant ID request – RK114 – 05-Jul-2013 : Attachments (3).  6 posts by 4 authors.
Requesting id of this purple flower with small leaves seen in Karjat. Hope the size of the leaves etc. can be judged from the fingers in the photos 

… the Mexican heather (or false heather), native of tropical Americas, Cuphea hyssopifolia Kunth … family: Lythraceae.

… once upon a time, had this plant in my balcony !

Thanks for sharing. I have often seen this planted on the border of smaller flower beds.


Cuphea hyssopifolia & Crimson Rose Swallowtail : Butterfly Park : Bangalore : 080713 : AK : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Sharing a picture of Crimson Rose Swallowtail on Mexican Heather at Butterfly Park, Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore.
Picture taken on 17/3/2013.


ID Request 041013SG :  Attachments (3). 4 posts by 3 authors.
Please help identify this bush was planted as a border to the lawn of hotel at Tembhurni, Maharashtra
Photographed 14Sep13.

Could it be Cuphea hyssopifolia???

For me ‘yes’Cuphea hyssopifolia. I too have this plant in my home garden.
This is a very good plant for ground cover. It flowers profusely when planted in a sunny position.
Another variety produces white coloured blooms

SL 77 021213 : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Please ID this ornamental shrub. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in Sep 2012.

This is Cuphea hyssopifolia


Cuphea sp. ABJUL01/40 : 10 posts by 4 authors. 3 images.

I find these tiny flowers growing on the walls. I have seen them at 1500m and today at 1750m in Mcleodganj. Could this be a Cuphea sp.? Is it a wild flower? Please advise.
Cuphea sp.
Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
30 July 2016.

I think it’s an ornamental plant Cuphea hyssopifolia as per threads herein.

… ID is correct: Cuphea hyssopifolia. Pl. check this link :  http://plantinfo.co.za/plant/cuphea-hyssopifolia/. I have this plant in my garden.

To me it’s a Cuphea sp.

It looks like Cuphea hyssopifolia to me too.

yes. mexican heather. popular as rock garden colorful filler and in Bengal i find id it is popular summer garden hedge potted plant and often sold in hanging planters. grows rapidly.  

Thank you … The plants I am seeing here must have escaped nearby home lawns. I saw them on the outer stone walls of buildings growing from crevices.


Garden herb for id 231210MK2:
Please help to id this common garden herb found as planted ornamental.

Location: Bryants park, Kodaikanal, TN
Alt:  ca.2000 asl
Date: 06 Nov 2010
Height: ca. 20 cm
leaves: linear; 4 x 0.4cm
Flower: whitish; ca.0.5cm across


Cuphea hyssopifolia Kunth : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)

Location: Lakeside, Pokhara, Nepal
Date: 13 April  2017
Altitude: 2600 ft.


ID 010909GS2 plant for identification : 5 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (3)

Sending ID 010909GS2 for identification
Cultivated in pots in Sunder Nursery.

Cuphea parviflora [Lythraceae]

Cuphea parviflora a garden plant.

This is Cuphea parviflora of Lythraceae

this is Cuphea hyssopifolia
Family: Lythraceae
Mexican False heather, False heather, Hawaiian heather, Elfin herb
Origin: Mexico, Guatemala
Cuphea hyssopifolia is a small tropical evergreen sub-shrub with many charming attributes including compact form and fine textured foliage. In tropical areas Cuphea hyssopifolia is a perfect choice as a permanent evergreen groundcover. Prefers well drained fertile soil. Foliage color is prettiest when grown in broken shade. When grown as a house plant provide lots of bright light but protect from direct sunlight. Large clumps may be divided. It is easily grown from seed planted in spring.

at Lake Kalote (Mumbai?)- Sept’09?; 29/12/2009; Goa; in Velneshwar in Konkan in the month of April; Velneshwar in Konkan;


Attaching an image of a Chestnut bob butterfly on the flower of Cuphea.

I think the plant is Cuphea hyssopifolia Kunth as per images herein.


SYMBIOSIS SPECIAL ( BUTTERFLIES ON FLOWERS OF CUPHEA SP ) : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage depicting 13 species of butterflies visiting flowers of Cuphea sp.

I think the plant is Cuphea hyssopifolia Kunth as per images herein.

SYMBIOSIS : 1006 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of Striped Albatross visiting flowers of Cuphea hyssopifolia.

Fwd: SYMBIOSIS 1017 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of Tiny Grass Blue visiting flowers of Cuphea hyssopifolia.

Fwd: SYMBIOSIS : 1018 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of Gram Blue visiting flowers of Kuphea hyssopifolia.

SYMBIOSIS : 1039 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of Common Grass yellow visiting flowers of Cuphea hyssopipholia.

Cuphea hyssopifolia :: TMC Biodiversity Park :: 15 APR 18 : 2 posts by 2 authors. 2 images.
TMC Biodiversity Park  Thane
Date: April 15, 2018 … Altitude: about 15 m (50 feet) asl
Cuphea hyssopifolia  Kunth

SYMBIOSIS : 1434 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of Striped Albatross (male) visiting flowers of Cuphea species.

Plant may be Cuphea hyssopifolia Kunth as per comparative images at Cuphea


SYMBIOSIS : 1533: 1 image.
Attaching a collage of Peacock Pansy visiting flowers of Cuphea.

Cuphea appears close to images at Cuphea hyssopifolia Kunth

Learnt a lot about the close relationship between butterflies and flowers from your posts.
We look only at the flowers and tend to miss the pollinators which have given them their colors and shapes.
Evolution is a two way street.
Thanks for making us aware of it



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