I've had this pretty little plant for several years. Little, because it grows to a height of 24" only. Mexican Heather or cuphea hyssopifolia is a hardy plant with tiny branches and oblong leaves. If the plant did not bear a profusion of tiny purple flowers it might be easily mistaken for a fern. From a distance, of course! It seems to love the heat and the humidity but since our summers can be cruel, I've recently shifted the pot to partial shade. Didn't want to take any chances! I've read about Mexican heather bearing pink and white flowers also, though I haven't seen them. They must be pretty too!
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau