Asystasia gangetica, Chinese Violet, Creeping Foxglove, Ganges Primrose

Asystasia gangetica

Chinese Violet, Creeping Foxglove, Ganges Primrose
Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: India
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ft plantSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Asystasia gangetica is a plant native to India. It is an herbaceous flowering plant and can be used as ground cover in gardens and borders due to its low growing size of 2ft. This plant requires full sun, semi-shade and regular watering to thrive in any soil, but with an extra boost from compost. When it blooms, its flowers can be shades of pink, white, off-white, blue, lavender and purple. This stunning display often also attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

Growing this plant in a pot can be done in USDA zones 9-11 and mature plants can tolerate cold to at least 30s Fahrenheit, albeit for a short time. To propagate the plant, cuttings can be taken after flowering or rooted runners can be removed. It is important to protect small plants from frost if propagating outdoors. Although some maintenance is required, the stunning show of colorful flowers generated by Asystasia gangetica is more than worth the effort.

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