Tropical Giant Salvia, Fiddle Leaf Family: Acanthaceae Origin: Central and West Africa
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
USDA Zone: 9-11? Brillantaisia guianensis (Tropical Giant Salvia) is a large shrub that is native to Central and West Africa, growing up to 5-10ft tall. Its dense and lush fiddle-shaped leaves are a definite eye-catcher, while its white, off-white and light blue to lavender and purple flowers add a further decorative element. The shrub is best kept in semi-shade and soil kept moist and well drained. The plant is cold hardy and can tolerate temperatures at least down to 30s F but it may have to be brought indoors if living in a cold region. Brillantaisia guianensis grows best in USDA zone 9-11. If you are growing the plant in a pot in a cold region you will need to bring the plant indoors during cold periods, as the roots can be damaged by frost. The plant can be propagated by using seeds, or by rooting from stem fragment cuttings. Brillantaisia guianensis is a great addition to any garden and its ornamental foliage is sure to turn heads.