Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Amethyst Stars is very attractive bushy, small to medium size shrub, everblooming with bright pinkish-lavender or off-pink 1" five-petaled flowers resemble stars, hence the common name Shooting Stars. Requires frequent pruning, otherwise becomes leggy. Lower leaves tend to drop, but when pruned, new growth forms nice dense shrub.
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds.
WateringRequires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between watering.
Morning Sun & Evening shade
Any good potting mix. Use a container with good drainage.
Fertilize Shooting Stars plant a couple of times a year (at minimum) to keep it happy. You can fertilize more frequently, if you wish, especially if you grow it in a bright spot. Use any houseplant fertilizer
Containers / Planters, Garden Pond, Landscape Beds, Outdoor Living Areas
Plants with thin leaves need daily watering and ones with thick leaves need watering 3-4 times a week. This will also depend on the season. Generally during the blooming period, plants love a lot of water. Try keeping the soil moist. During winters it is better to cut back on watering.
Keep the plants in a well drained soil with a drainage hole at the bottom. This will help to avoid over watering. Take care as to not leave stagnant water on top of the soil. Fertilise the plant once in 2-3 weeks during its blooming period. Do not fertilise it in winters.
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