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PlantFiles: Purple Bells, Mushugushugu
Dyschoriste thunbergiiflora

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dyschoriste (dis-kor-RISS-tee) (Info)
Species: thunbergiiflora

Synonym:Calophanes thunbergiiflora


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive 7leisher On Dec 22, 2012, 7leisher from Haines City, FL wrote:

It is a wonderful plant, can get 4' to 5' tall and spread and root as it goes, so it can be a nice border/hedge. It did great when we had the really cold temps. (26). They did not bother it at all. It grows very similar to justicia leonardi.

Neutral steadycam3 On Nov 28, 2012, steadycam3 from Houston Heights, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. Origin of plant is Kenya. May be found in Botanic Gardens in US. reference is


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lake Wales, Florida

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