How Do I Take Care of a Heather Plant in Texas?

Overview

Mexican heather plants thrive in the hot Texas climate and are appreciated by many gardeners for their relative low maintenance. Their leaves have a soft, fine texture and create dense foliage in a shrub-like formation. Mexican heather plants reach 3 feet in diameter and about 2 feet tall. Its small, purple flowers attract butterflies and bloom throughout spring and summer. Mexican heather cannot survive freezing temperatures but occasionally makes it through the mild, Texas winters.

Step 1

Plant Mexican heather in an area with partial shade for protection from high heat. Though Mexican heather can tolerate full sun, its leaves will almost certainly fade to a light shade of green in the hot Texas summer. Select an area with fertile, well-draining soil.

Step 2

Space each plant at least 2 feet apart. This will provide enough room for growth and air circulation without leaving any noticeable gaps between your plants.

Step 3

Water Mexican heather on a daily basis, especially during the dry Texas summers where temperatures regularly top 90 degrees F. Reduce watering to once every 1 to 2 weeks in the winter.

Step 4

Fertilize your plant with a slow-release formula in late winter, spring and summer. Follow the package directions so as not to damage your plant.

Step 5

Trim two-thirds of the foliage off your plant in late fall. Mexican heather cannot survive freezing temperatures, but may come back in spring after a mild Texas winter.

Tips and Warnings

  • Mexican heather is toxic to dogs and cats.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears

References

  • HGTV: Mexican Heather
  • Floridata: Cuphea Hyssopifolia
  • University of Arkansas: Mexican Heather
Keywords: grow heather, mexican heather, texas plant

About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. Her work has appeared in various newspapers, magazines and journals. Shipman has also authored three collections of poetry: "Cold Days," "Bastante" and "Short Poems." She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Southwestern University.