Ruellia chartacea, Ruellia colorata, Colorama

Ruellia chartacea, Ruellia colorata

Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: Brazil
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeShadeRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Ruellia chartacea (Colorama) is a small plant native to Brazil that grows 2-5 feet tall. It has bright red and crimson vinous flowers which attract butterflies and hummingbirds. This plant does well in shady or semi-shady environments and needs regular watering for optimal growth. It is suited for growing in USDA zones 9-11, and can be grown in colder regions as long as it is protected from frost.

When growing Ruellia chartacea (Colorama) indoors or in colder regions with colder climate, it is best to grow it in a pot. The pot should have adequate drainage and have soil that is rich in organic matter. The pot should be placed in a bright spot and provided with regular water, but not overwatered. Pruning twice a year will help the plant stay compact and bushy. Fertilize with a flowering fertilizer once the foliage has been established to encourage flowering. In colder regions, the pot should be moved to a warmer area or indoors over winter to ensure the plant does not suffer from frost.

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