Pseuderanthemum carruthersii var. atropurpureum, Pseuderanthemum atropurpureum, Purple False Eranthemum. Pseuderanthemum 'Black Magic'
Pseuderanthemum 'Black Magic'

Pseuderanthemum carruthersii var. atropurpureum, Pseuderanthemum atropurpureum

Purple False Eranthemum
Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: Polynesia
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterOrnamental foliageWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Pseuderanthemum carruthersii var. atropurpureum (Purple False Eranthemum) is a smooth shrub native to Polynesia, grown anywhere in USDA Zone 9-11. It can reach up to 2-5 ft in height, with roses-purple or white and purple flowers and leaves that are variegated with purple or green and white. Grown in full sun or semi-shade, requires moderate amounts of water. This bush has pink to white and off-white flowers and ornamental foliage, which makes it attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. It needs to be in a full sun or semi-shade environment, with moderate amounts of water. It is a great ornamental shrub because its flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Growers in cold regions can cultivate this plant in a pot and grow it successfully indoors. To propagate, take semi-ripe stem cuttings in spring. Put the pot in an area that is well-ventilated and away from drafts. Make sure it is placed in an area that receives plenty of light, but avoid direct sunlight. Then, water it regularly and apply a balanced fertilizer during its growing season. Use a potting soil that is rich in organic matter and has good drainage. It is also important to prune the plant regularly to encourage new growth and to keep it compact.

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