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Products > Ruttyruspolia 'Phyllis Van Heerden'
Ruttyruspolia 'Phyllis Van Heerden'

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthusą)
Origin: Rhodesia (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Rose
Bloomtime: Summer
Parentage: (Ruspolia hypocrateriformis x Ruttya ovata)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30° F
Ruttyruspolia 'Phyllis Van Heerden' - A compact low-growing shrub to 3 to 4 feet feet tall, more with support, with small dark green pointed leaves and clusters of dusky-rose colored flowers at the branch tips from spring through fall. Plant in part sun to light shade and give regular irrigation. Cold hardy down to at least 28F and some say will take temperatures below 15 °F. This plant is a naturally occurring sterile intergeneric hybrid between two African (Zimbabwe) species in the Acanthus family, Ruspolia hypocrateriformis and Ruttya ovata. Ruttya has a prominently 2-lipped corolla with a short broad tube while Ruspolia has a 5-lobed corolla with a narrowly tube - the wild and garden hybrids have more of the characteristics of Ruspolia. We thank Margies Tyre of Entyrely Awesome Plants for this plant which we have been grown since 2005.  The information presented on this page is based on research that we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it growing in the nursery's garden and in other gardens we have visited, as well how it performs in our nursery crops out in the field. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they have knowledge of cultural information that would aid others in growing Ruttyruspolia 'Phyllis Van Heerden'.