Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Purple False Eranthemum is erect, open shrub, the stems sparsely branched unless pinched out at intervals when young. A rich mass of purple foliage adds an elegant dimension to the garden. Wonderful for contrasting with green or gold-foliage plants. Prefers some shade in hot climates. A great accent plant for containers on the porch or patio. During summer, tubular white flowers, spotted rose-red or purple at the bases, 2.5cm long, are borne in dense, terminal spikes, to 18cm long.
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 Purple False 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
Make sure watering is done once the soil goes dry. Although the soil can remain moist, but it should not turn soggy/wet. Having drainage hole in the pots goes a long way in ensuring there is no water stagnating on top of the soil. You can spray the plant occasionally.
Fertilise the plant once a month in summers however Don't feed any fertiliser in winters. Giving fertiliser to the plant ensures nutrients going in which keeps it healthy. Keep an eye on the leaves of the plant to know any symptoms for watering or sunlight.
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