Eranthemum

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Eranthemum
Eranthemum Nervosum.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Acanthaceae
Genus: Eranthemum
Species: E. pulchellum
Binomial name
Eranthemum pulchellum
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Synonyms

Eranthemum nervosum

Eranthemum pulchellum (Eranthemum nervosum, English: blue eranthemum, or blue sage) is a strongly branched shrub, popular with gardeners in tropical India and China because of the spikes of flowers that are bright gentian blue - an unusual color in the tropics. The flowers appear from green-and-white veined bracts that remain after the blooms fall, forming a column several inches long. The hairy leaves are large and dark green. A sprawling shrub which may reach a metre or more in height, E. pulchellum is usually kept lower and bushier through pruning. Light shade is preferred in a garden; in a greenhouse it needs warm conditions. It is easily propagated from cuttings. According to ITIS, Eranthemum pulchellum is the only species in the genus Eranthemum[1] although The Plant List accepts 22 species.[2]

Additional Information
(Eranthemum pulchellum)

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