Is it an annual or a perennial? I got it at a garden center and should have paid more attention to the name because it bloomed all summer long. All I remember was that it had a really long name.
I've always enjoyed the plant's specific (species) name - infundibuliformis. It's fun to say it out loud when used in place of an exclamatory statement (e.g. replace the phrase "Oh my goodness!" with "infundibuliformis!").
I know... I'm weird! :-)
Eden: I also planted Crossandra for the first time this spring and it bloomed constantly. (Altho, I think I'm gonna call in infundibuliformis from now on ! ;> )Mine didn't get as full looking as yours though. It's in part shade as was recommended for my zone. Is yours in sun or shade? Did you do any extra ferilizing or pampering?
It's a perennial but a rather tropical one so if you leave it in the ground over the winter it'll turn into an annual pretty quick! It's only hardy to zone 10 and is often grown as a houseplant in less than tropical climates.
nifty, LOL! I can imagine a wand being waved. Reminds me of the plant I used to call Cotton Easter, until my teacher corrected me over his laughter. Ficus afghanistanica said with a Russian accent has its own charm.
"Infundibuliform", btw, means "funnel-shaped"...
I have 2 of these Crossandras in containers around my water garden.They are so pretty! I really enjoy mine. Hope you do, too!