Crossandra infundibuliformis

This is becoming increasingly popular as a house plant.

The natural habitat of the 50 species that make up the genus is India and Sri Lanka. C. infundibuliformis, reaching a height of 30-50 cm (12-20 in) in cultivation, has both ornamental flowers and attractive foliage. The leaves are opposite, leathery and very glossy. The flowers, appearing from spring until autumn, are arranged in terminal spikes and grow from the axils of large green bracts.

It requires a light position, but not in direct sun. Water and mist regularly. A mixture of loam and peat is a good growing medium. Propagation from seed is not recommended. The best method is by tip cuttings taken in February and provided with a temperature of 20°-22°C (68°-72°F) for rooting. After they have rooted, the plants must be pruned so they will make bushy growth.

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