A picture of a Ruttyruspolia


x Ruttyruspolia 'Phyllis van Heerden'

Full Sun
Easy care


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  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Close-up of × Ruttyruspolia `Phyllis van Heerden' flowers Photo © Stafford Smithies
× Ruttyruspolia `Phyllis van Heerden' shrub Photo © Stafford Smithies
× Ruttyruspolia `Phyllis van Heerden' shrub

Ruttyruspolia Overview

Because of its beauty and prolific, long-lasting inflorescences, the shrub × Ruttyruspolia `Phyllis van Heerden' is now grown in many urban gardens. It is a rare generic hybrid that shows that even in plants, when white is mixed with red, the result is pink! It is a hybrid between two species placed in separate genera in Acanthaceae: Ruttya ovata Harv. and Ruspolia hypocrateriformis (Vahl) Milne-Redh. var. australis Milne-Redh. The former has white flowers with tiny central, purple dots, while the latter bears scarlet blooms. The resultant plant is vigorous and very decorative. The yellow hue of the leaves in autumn is a bonus. ZA Distribution: Limpopo.

Special features of Ruttyruspolia

Attracts birds

Attracts butterflies

Wind break

Hedge plant

Attracts bees