Front Garden Plants 20

Ruellia chartacea grows to around 1m high; the leaves are a dark green.

The flower spike consists of an unusual colour combination of long lasting brilliant red bracts, emerging from these are orange flowers.  This is an open shrub with a straggly appearance, yet I find it very eye catching when planted within a garden as the flower spikes just appear throughout the surrounding foliage.  A lightly shaded position is idea.  Ruellia chartacea is easy to grow from cuttings.  Plant in a warm position in the garden as it is frost tender.

Native: Ecuador to Columbia

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Ruellia chartacea