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.
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between
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