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Strobilanthes anisophyllus, Strobilanthes

Strobilanthes anisophyllus

Family: Acanthaceae
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersPink flowers

Strobilanthes anisophyllus is a frost tender, evergreen sub-shrub with unequal pairs of lance-shaped and toothed leaves. The longer of the leaves can be up to 9cm long. It produces tubular flowers that range in brightness from pink and blue to lavender and purple. Cone-shaped inflorescences of these flowers appear in the spring and winter.

This small shrub can reach a mature height of 2-5 feet and prefers to be grown in a sunny spot or semi-shaded area. Moderate water is ideal for optimum growth, although overwatering can lead to root rot concerns. It does best in USDA zones 9-11, but can also be grown in a pot in colder regions. However, pay close attention to cold snaps as Strobilanthes anisophyllus is frost tender and cannot be kept in temperatures below 55°F. During the growing season, it should be fed a balanced liquid fertilizer once or twice a month. Watering should be reduced in the winter season.

Bursera morelensis can be propagated from cuttings taken in laterite or coral sand. These cuttings should root in two to four weeks, and can then be transplanted either into the ground or larger containers.

This evergreen shrub is not just an attractive addition to any outdoor space, but it is also an incredibly valuable healing plant with many medicinal properties which have been held in high regard throughout history. Growing and caring for the Bursera morelensis is a straightforward task, making it the perfect choice for those wish to add some color and traditional medicinal benefits to their garden.

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