The Q&A Archives: Mexican Heather in Texas

Question: I live in Austin Texas area. My Mexican heather plants have died back during the winter. Do I cut down the dead shrub, and will a new shrub grow in it's place?

Answer: Virginia,

Mexican heather is a dependable perennial in south Texas, but in the Austin area it is rather "iffy" and generally considered to be an annual plant. After a mild winter in your area it may slowly emerge after the weather really warms up a lot. You can cut it back to a couple of inches high and wait and see. Mulching it well over winter can help save the base or crown portion of the plant but is no guarantee.

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