So here we are and the holidays are upon us. I thought I'd kick off the season with the glorious gorgeousness of Ruellia macrantha commonly referred to as Christmas Pride. Ruellia macrantha comes to us from Brazil. It gets its common name from kicking out a festive flowering during the holidays and beyond to give you a tropical treatment for those winter blahs. It's regular blooming cycle is autumn through spring and sometimes sporadically in summer. Now being a true provocateur of plants, I wanted to lead this post off with an image that really gave you what these blossoms are like live and in concert. From far away you might say oh look another flowering shrub with pinkish-purple flowers on it...big whoop! Well, look closer. Can you appreciate what's really going on here? The rad ripples, the pillowy pleats, and the fine lines the color of wine. Flower blossoms, in my opinion, are an amazing feat of organic architecture and design. Their presence is yet another aspect that makes plants so insanely cool and special!
Ruellia macrantha is an evergreen shrub that gets up around 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide. It likes moderate moisture and a good misting when things are hot and dry. Give it fertile, well-draining soil, and let it flourish in full to part sun. It's hardy to about 30 degrees fahrenheit/-1 celsius. It also makes for a hot houseplant. Now what really makes this plant so delicious is its 2-3 inch long funnels of flowering voluptuousness! When it first begins to bloom in autumn don't cut it back, let it do its thing until late spring. Come the holidays, as a result, you can sit back, relax and let this Brazilian beauty spoil you with its bounty of blooms and tropical abundance!