Pseuderanthemum carruthersii var. reticulatum, Pseuderanthemum reticulatum, Yellow-Vein Eranthemum, Golden Pseuderanthemum

Pseuderanthemum carruthersii var. reticulatum, Pseuderanthemum reticulatum

Yellow-Vein Eranthemum, Golden Pseuderanthemum
Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: Polynesia
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeShadeRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersOrnamental foliageWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Pseuderanthemum carruthersii var. reticulatum, more commonly known by its common name Yellow-Vein Eranthemum, is a beautiful evergreen shrub that originates from Polynesia. It is a small shrub that usually grows to between 2 - 5 ft in height, making it ideal for small gardens or flower beds. When in flower, it produces beautiful white or off-white flowers that have attractive crimson, vinous or red spots. It is perfect for attracting butterflies, birds and other wildlife, as well as creating a stunning ornamental feature in gardens.

In terms of growing, Yellow-Vein Eranthemum can be grown in USDA Zones 9 - 11, in areas with partial shade or semi-shade. It should also be watered regularly during summer months, and can also bear periods of cold temperatures, with mature plants being able to withstand temperatures of 30s F for a short period of time.

When it comes to growing the Yellow-Vein Eranthemum in pots in cold regions, ensuring you select a container suitable for the size of your plant is essential. Depending on the size of the container, it should always be filled with well-draining potting mix, and positioned in a warm, sheltered area that receives at least 6 hrs of sunlight a day. The plant should be watered regularly, particularly during the warmer months, and any excess water should be removed from the saucer so as not to cause the roots to rot. It is important to also feed the plant regularly with liquid fertilizer, to ensure it remains healthy and vibrant. Pinching back the stems and leaves when necessary to prevent legginess is also beneficial, as well as removing any old or dead leaves or flowers. Finally, to protect the plant further from cold temperatures, it may be beneficial to wrap the container in bubble wrap or blankets - though it may still be necessary to bring it inside over winter depending on your local conditions and temperatures.

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