The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Acantaceae.

Pseuderanthemum tuberculatum (Hook. f.) Radl. Pseuderanthemum atropurpureum Bailey (Eranthemum atropurpureum hort.)
Pseuderanthemum Genus of about 60 species of evergreen perennials, subshrubs and shrubs from woodland habitats in tropical regions worldwide. Pseuderanthemum is grown for its brightly-coloured foliage, but its purple-eyed white flowers in late spring and summer are very attractive. The upright stems bear oval leaves. This plant needs for high humidity - it belongs in a concervatory or plant window rather than in the living room. Pseuderanthemum
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average or above average warmth in summer. Keep fairy cool in winter - minimum temperature 60 F or 18 C. Bright light - avoid direct sunshine. Water freely from spring to autumn - sparingly in Winter, do not allow to dry out. Use tepid water. Mist leaves frequently, especially in hot weather. Take semi-ripe stem cuttings in spring. Use a rooting hormone and provide bottom head.
Pseuderanthemum atropurpureum 'Tricolor'
Erect, open shrub with ovate to broadly elliptic leaves, 4-6in (10-15cm) long, bronze-purple, aplashed and suffused creamy yellow and pink, and bears pink flowers. Pseuderanthemum atropurpureum 'Tricolor'

User-submitted additions and corrections:

22nd Oct 2005
I bought a pseuderanthemum, but it doesn't look like anything you have here. As a matter of fact, I really can't find my plant at all.The call it "PURPLE PERFECTION", from Exotic Algel company. I found it at K-Mart. It's beautiful! But I have no "care" instructions for it and I don't know where else to look. Any suggestions?
C. Banigan
22nd Feb 2006
The plant is mislabeled. I believe you purchased Gynura aurantiaca or Purple Velvet plant. I purchased the same plant at a local nursery and its mislabeled as well with the same tag.
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