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Plant description:

A round ball-like bush has fine, twiggy growth covered in heath-like foliage and is covered with small, star-shaped purple flowers for most of the year. It is fast growing, and tends to self-seed. C. hyssopifolia ‘Cocktail’ has yellow-green foliage and purple-pink flowers; ‘Midget’ has fine foliage with masses of dark purple flowers; ‘White Star’ has dark green foliage with white flowers in summer and autumn. C. hyssopifolia ‘Lemon & Ice’ has lime-green or golden foliage and pure white flowers. ‘Lemon Squash’ also has lime-green foliage, which is contrasted with lilaccoloured flowers.

Family: Lythraceae

Botanical Pronunciation: KOO-fee-uh hiss-soe-pif-FOLE-ee-uh

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Botanical name

Cuphea hyssopifolia

Plant Care




The Cuphea hyssopifolia is covered with small, purple-coloured flowers for most of the year.

Common name(s)

Stardust bush


Uses in landscape design

Excellent for the front border, in small flower beds, or in containers on a sunny patio.

Planting instructions

Planting: Dig a hole 40cm square and deep. Mix two thirds of the topsoil with one third compost,  add one cup of bone meal or superphosphate and mix well.
Watering and feeding: Water and feed regularly.
Pruning: Can be cut back lightly after a flower flush, to promote a bushy shape.

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The Cuphea hyssopifolia is covered with small, purple-coloured flowers for most of the year.

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