Mexican heather plants, also sometimes referred to as false heather plants, are groundcover plants known for their abundance of leaves and colorful blooms. Mexican heathers prefer desert-like climates with plenty of sunshine, hot temperatures, and drier conditions. Porous soil is critical, and the soil should be allowed to dry between waterings. For a thriving plant, fertilize each season, but skip during the winter. Mexican heather plants are not particularly vulnerable to pests, but would benefit from added protection against invasive weeds.
- Mexican Heather plants require a well-draining soil, but otherwise are not picky about what type of soil they grow in
- Pruning is not generally necessary when caring for Mexican heather plants, but if the plant begins to appear too wild and unwieldy, then light pruning is recommended
- Although pests are rare, if insects like flea beetles or spider mites appear on the plant, use a mixture of insecticidal soap spray and a few drops of rubbing alcohol to eliminate them
“This tough, drought-tolerant plant loves direct sunlight and thrives in intense heat.”