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Ruellia macrantha

Christmas pride

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  • Ruellia macrantha | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018
  • Ruellia macrantha | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018

Features

  • BloomsOctober to March
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourPink-purple
  • Leaf ColourDull dark green

Description

Ruellia macrantha (Christmas pride). This species is an upright subshrub with lance-shaped, hairy, dull, dark green leaves which are about 15cm long. The flowers are borne in mid autumn and early spring with funnel-shaped, pink-purple flower that are veined.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Sub-shrub

Origin

America, Africa, Asia

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  • Ruellia macrantha | Copyright Greenplantswap 2018
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Needs

  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

These plants are fairly tolerant of dry conditions with sun or semi-shade. You can plant in humus-rich, fertile, moist soil.

Propagation

By root division in winter, or from seeds, cuttings or suckers.

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