Mexican Heather - Cuphea hyssopifolia

This is a very tinny purple colored flower that I have found in front of the Shubolong Waterfall of Rangamati(রাঙামাটি). There were a bush of this flower plant around the stairs beside the waterfall. This flower doesn't not belongs to our country, but our weather seems suiting it comfortably.

This flower is actually endemic to the Mexico, Honduras, etc. It has several names across the world. These are Mexican Heather, False Heather, Hawaiian Heather, Elfin Herb, etc. This flower belongs to the plant family Lythraceae (loosestrife Family). Scientific/botanical name of the flower is Cuphea hyssopifolia.

The plant of false heather flower is an annual(but can be perennial based on tropical condition) and used to be an evergreen plant. Doesn't grow that much in height, but grows as a bush(highly brunched). Leafs are lens shaped and a bit glossy. Plant propagates through the cuttings, roots, and seeds. It is using as a bed or border at gardens.

The flower has six petals and slight yellow at the middle. It's petals can be white, purple, etc. But my one inside the article is purple color. This flower flourishes the flowers around the plant throughout the years without any limit. Being cheap and less care requiring, people are choosing this flower at their gardens now a days.

This plant is a weed at Hawaii but using as a garden flower at our country Bangladesh(বাংলাদেশ). Photos for this article were taken from Rangamati(রাঙামাটি), during my tour at July 2011.