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Eranthemum pulchellum, Eranthemum nervosum, Blue sage, Blue eranthemum, Lead Flower

Eranthemum pulchellum, Eranthemum nervosum

Blue sage, Blue eranthemum, Lead Flower
Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: India
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSeaside, salt tolerant plant

This is a strongly branched shrub, popular with gardeners because of the spikes of flowers that are bright gentian blue - an unusual color in the tropics. The flowers appear from green-and-white veined bracts that remain after the blooms fall, forming a column several inches long. The hairy leaves are large and dark green. A sprawling shrub which may reach a metre or more in height, Eranthemum is usually kept lower and bushier through pruning. Light shade is preferred in a garden; in a greenhouse it needs warm conditions. It is easily propagated from cuttings.

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