Purple Rice Plant
Peristrophe speciosa

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Peristrophe (per-ee-STRO-fee) (Info)
Species: speciosa (spee-see-OH-suh) (Info)

Category:

Herbs

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Apr 24, 2007, mgarr from Hanover Twp., PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

If you take this foliage and added it to water and bring the water to a boil and then let the foliage sit for awhile you can then strain the water and use it to boil rice. The rice will turn a beautiful purple color. So the name purple rice plant.