Ruellia macrantha, Christmas Pride ruellia

Ruellia macrantha

Christmas Pride ruellia
Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: Brazil
Small plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterRegular waterPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Ruellia macrantha (Christmas Pride ruellia) is a small plant that can grow between 2-5 ft tall. It is native to Brazil and hardy to USDA Zone 9-11. It requires full sun and regular water to thrive. It enjoys moderate water during the hot months and is fairly drought tolerant.

Ruellia macrantha is also known for its attractive flowers. The large, deep pink, trumpet-shaped blooms that measure 3 inch in length have a contrasting darker vein pattern and appear from fall through to winter. This splash of color is a beautiful addition to the garden and it is known to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

It is best grown in fertile, well-draining soil, however, it is adaptable to a variety of soils. Where temperatures dip below freezing, it is best to grow Ruellia macrantha in a container and bring it indoors during winter months. When grown indoors, it should be placed in a bright spot and watered moderately. Provide the plant with a balanced fertilizer in the spring and water it more often. To promote flowering, cut back the stems in the spring and reduce humidity to prevent powdery mildew.

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