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Cuphea mexicana 'Compacta' (Mexican heather, elfin plant)

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Plant description

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Cuphea mexicana 'Compacta' is a dwarf and compact shrub to 40 centimetres high, covered with masses of tiny purple flowers for most of the year. Great for landscaping, borders and containers. Likes full sun to part shade. Subtropical in origins, also good for warm temperate and tropical areas. Tolerates light frost and drought once established. Trim if needed, or can be cut back hard to rejuvenate.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: purple
Flowering season: spring summer autumn winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.4 metres
Minimum height: 0.3 metres

Maximum width: 0.4 metres
Minimum width: 0.3 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: not specified.

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