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Eranthemum wattii, Blue Eyes, Blue Sage

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Eranthemum wattii
Family: Acanthaceae
Blue Eyes, Blue Sage
Origin: India
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Clusters of cheery violet-purple blossoms poke out of the deep green foliage on this delightful summer-blooming plant. Very colorful plant with a compact habit, it has oval leaves with odd papery edges, brilliant blue-violet phlox-like heads. Typically the leaf surfaces retain the waxy scruft evolved to protect the emerging foliage. Similar to Eranthemum pulchellum but with a deeper purple flower.Prefers a rich soil, semi-shade and frost protection.

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