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Ruellia makoyana AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H1a (heated greenhouse - tropical)

Colour

Flower

Dark Pink in Summer

Foliage

Grey/Silver and Purple in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

monkey plant

Family

Acanthaceae


Ruellia can be perennials or shrubs, with simple, evergreen leaves sometimes attractively veined, and solitary or clustered, funnel-shaped flowers

R. makoyana is a spreading evergreen perennial to 60cm, with purple ovate leaves veined with silvery-grey, brighter purple beneath; flowers 5cm long, funnel-shaped, bright pink

Other common names

  • trailing velvet plant

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Under glass grow in containers using loamless potting such as multipurpose compost in bright filtered light with high humidity. Water freely during the growing season and apply balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Water moderately in winter. Keep at minimum 12°C (54°F)

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Neutral
  • Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed; sow seeds at 19-24°C (66-75°F) in spring. Take softwood cuttings in spring or early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pinch young shoots to encourage branching. Pruning group 10; after flowering

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Generally trouble free