Fountain Grass does well as a transitional grass between formal and natural areas. It reseeds to naturalize in meadows or on slopes for erosion control. Unfortunately, Mexican Heather is a member of the AFalse Heather@ family. Blooming Period: spring summer fall winter Height: 18 inches. Positive: On Sep 1, 2009, barbadosgirl from St. Thomas, Mexican heather is perennial in Florida, blooming constantly on new growth, but it is killed in Atlanta winters. : perennial. Botanical Name: Cuphea hyssopfolia Plant Type: Perennial Light Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Shade Water Demand: Medium Landscape Use: Ornamental Value: Lavender, Pink, Purple, White Native/Adapted: Adapted Wildlife Value: Hummingbirds Season: Summer Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous Plant Form: Upright Plant Spread: 2.5' Plant Height: 1'-2' It did very well, never invasive or leggy. I planted the purple version of Mexican Heather last year in my pondside garden. For practical purposes, however, they are nearly identical, sharing color, form, and growth habits. Care of Mexican Heather. It should be used as an accent or specimen plant, in the middle of borders, and with other perennials. Give your Mexican heather 1 inch of water once a week and observe the plant to assess whether it needs to be watered more or less often.

MEXICAN HEATHER Pennisetum Alopecuroides. My friend Erica Glasener says she’s gotten a long bloom season from perennials by mixing Erigeron karvinskianus ‘Profusion’, Veronica x ‘Georgia Blue’ and Veronica x ‘Waterperry Blue’ plus Geranium x ‘Rozanne’. The seeds can remain in the soil and germinate years after the plants have been eradicated. Prune Mexican heather lightly during the spring if the plant looks scraggly or overgrown. National list of invasive and potentially invasive plants in the Republic of Cuba - 2011. Austin Native Landscaping: “Mexican Feather Grass is a graceful short growing ornamental grass. Highly pest resistant. It vaguely resembles the real heathers but is decidedly (BI)not(EI) winter-hardy here. Hardiness: Zone 8. Mexican Feather Grass Named Invasive Mexican Feather Grass was recently added to PlantRight's list of invasive plants in California. Don’t let this gentle Texas native to confuse you: It is hard as … I would have loved to see it again. Invasive Mexican petunias form large, horizontal roots that grow above and below ground, making them difficult to remove, and even small pieces that are overlooked can regrow. Heat Tolerance: very high Water Requirements: low. Exposure: part sun full sun Flower Color: Violet. Seed capsules on the plants burst open when ripe, scattering seeds everywhere. Mexican heather can survive short drought periods without suffering much damage, but you will grow healthier plants if you water on a regular schedule. It produces tens of thousands of seeds, which are dispersed by wind, water or contaminated soil – as well as via automobiles and animal droppings. In truth, Mexican petunia removal requires vigilant attention to the garden or lawn where they’re a problem and may become a long-term project. Evergreen perennial Attributes: deer resistant xeriscapic Foliage Persistence: evergreen. 123 videos Play all Plant Identification Videos UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants Ancient Heirloom - Purslane or Portulaca, Medicinal Weeds ( portulaca oleracea ) - … Quickly fills in as a ground cover. Dwarf Mexican Petunia.

You can propagate Mexican heather by taking short pieces from young stems and rooting them in moist sand or potting soil. The slightest wind sends the delicate flower heads and thin leaves of this perennial grass into motion. Fountain Grass is an upright-open, mound forming plant. Spectacular, low–growing, heat–tolerant perennial with profusions of violet, light pink or white flowers.

Container plants will need water more often, especially during the summer months. Cuphea hyssopifolia -- False Heather Page 3 October 1999 Pest resistance: no serious pests are normally seen on the plant Use and Management Tolerant of many soil types, False Heather needs ample moisture to become established in full sun or partial shade, frequent light fertilizations, and appreciates a thick mulch of organic matter. Theoretically, you could bring one or two of your plants indoors and keep them in a sunny window for the winter. This is an excellent ornamental grass. If you live in one of the nine states most affected by Ruellia, you’re probably wondering how to get rid of Mexican petunias. Native to west Texas, New Mexico, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina, this species has been deemed an emerging threat to natural habitat in California (where it is not native), where it has escaped cultivation and is well on the way to becoming the next Pampas grass. (Lista nacional de especies de plantas invasoras y potencialmente invasoras en la República de Cuba - 2011).