These beautiful flowers can remain on the plant for up to 6 weeks, attracting attention from hummingbirds and butterflies. Native to tropical Africa, Ruttya fruticosa Orange (Rabbit Ears) is a large shrub or vining creeper reaching 5-10 ft tall and wide. This deciduous beauty requires full sun to semi-shade, and moderate water. The unique, deep red to crimson and vinous flowers are borne on stalks and held above the foliage, giving the plant an exotic look.
Growing Ruttya fruticosa Orange (Rabbit Ears) is not difficult, just keep in mind that this is a tropical shrub and likes lots of warmth. As long as the temperature is warm enough, this plant will do well in a pot or directly in the ground. Be sure to mulch the plant in winter to protect the root system from cold snaps. In cold regions or places having freezing temperatures, it is best to keep the plant in a pot and move it indoors during the winter.
Once established, this shrub is quite tough and cold hardy to at least low 30s F for a short time. If temperatures dip to 25F or lower, the foliage may die, but the stem and root system will survive and regrow in the spring.
Ruttya fruticosa Orange (Rabbit Ears) is sure to add a touch of sophistication to any garden. Plant it in full sun to semi-shaded locations and enjoy the sight of hummingbirds and butterflies attracted by the unique flowers. With a minimum of care, this shrub will remain a beautiful and exotic addition to your home for many years.