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PlantFiles: Red Christmas Pride
Ruellia amoena

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ruellia (roo-EL-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: amoena (am-oh-EN-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Ruellia graecizans

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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 Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive malihai On Sep 18, 2012, malihai from Destrehan, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I am trying to reach the person who advertised for red ruellia plant for exchange or selling and I am not able to do it. Please contact me by email I do have the purple one for exchange. Thanks.

Neutral macybee On Oct 22, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Botanica Encyclopedia -
Ruellia syn Stephanophysum, Arrhostoxylum
This genus from tropical and subtropical America with a few species in temperate North America contains about 150 species of evergreen perennials, shrubs and subshrubs. The funnel-shaped flowers, usually red, pink or blue, occur in densely packed terminal panicles and axillary clusters. They have smooth-edged, oblong to lance-shaped leaves up to 6" long and look good in informal borders.
Cultivation -
The plants are fairly tolerant of dry conditions and like sun or semi-shade, so they do well in dry places at the feet of trees. In cooler climates they are grown indoors or in greenhouses. Plant in humus-rich, fertile, moist soil. Propagate from seed in spring or cuttings in spring or early summer.
Ruellia graecizans syn Ruellia amoena -
This South American subshrub is 24" tall with a dense, bushy yet spreading habit. Its leaves, up to 8" long, are narrow and hairless. Its bright red flowers, occurring in small clusters in the leaf axils, are 1" long and funnel-shaped.

Positive MotherNature4 On Jan 14, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This delightful plant was a volunteer in my yard. There must be another one somewhere in the neighborhood. Anyway, I have rooted it, then have found other seedlings. It has been around for a couple of years. It is in full bloom now, since Christmas, but I know it will bloom several more times this year.

The backs of the dark green leaves appear quilted, and they are purple in color. Most interesting.


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

Bartow, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Plant City, Florida
Destrehan, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Austin, Texas
Beaumont, Texas
Brazoria, Texas
Brenham, Texas
Seadrift, Texas

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