Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cuphea hyssopifolia - Mexican Heather

Cuphea hyssopifolia (Mexican Heather, False Heather) is a densely branched shrub.  It produces small, trumpet-shaped flowers with six spreading lavender petals extruding from green calyx tubes. 

 
Leaves are elliptical, bright green and glossy.  The dainty trumpet-shaped fowers appear in the leaf axils along the many fine stems.

 Flowers are lavender or pink-purple and blooms profusely. 

 
This is a hardy shrub. It self-seeds easily and can become rather invasive.
Flowers are attractive to butterflies and bees. In fact bees absolutely love them.



Flowers are attractive butterflies and bees. In fact bees absolutely love them.


 
 
The bee's head is completely submerged in the flowers.


Butterflies find this false heather irresistible too. 
 
 
 Peablue butterfly (Lampides boeticus) with the wings open displaying the blues on the upper surface of the wings.

 
 
 

 
It is a field day, out in the sunshine siping nectar.

 
 
This tiny butterfly is spoilt for choice in nectar paradise.

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