15 deg C/59 deg F
This attractive plant has a shrubby habit, and reaches 90cm (3ft) in height. Theare spear-shaped, about 15cm (6in) long, dark green and corrugated. The arise in clusters and are most attractive, from early in the year until spring. They are a purplish rose-pink colour and over 7.5cm (3in) long. This species likes a shaded and moderate , and grows particularly well in peat-based composts. with the addition of charcoal granules. The should be kept moist at all times, winter included. is best done in autumn. Plants can be divided for .
After flowering it is advisable toback the plant quite severely to form a neat shape. To and germinate a temperature of 21 deg C (70 °I’) is necessary. This species is unsuitable for chilly homes or for where central heating is used without humidi-lication. In chilly places it soon deteriorates. and the leaves may turn yellow and fall. Otherwise, troubles are unusual.
Some other plants often sold as ruellias have been reclassified under Dipteracan-thus and will be found under that entry.