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Ruttya fruticosa 'Orange'

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Ruttya (RUT-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: fruticosa (froo-tih-KOH-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Orange
Additional cultivar information: (aka Jammy Mouth)

One vendor has this plant for sale.

16 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive srqkathy On Mar 28, 2015, srqkathy from Sarasota, FL wrote:

This has been a nice plant in my zone 9B garden for the past few years, growing in part sun. It goes partially dormant in the winter but bloomed well in the spring and continued into fall. However, it seems to be declining now. I am wondering now if it is more of a perennial, lasting several seasons, but not a long life shrub. It's been worth it though. I will have to take cuttings or start seeds to make sure I still have one. I bought it for hummingbirds and butterflies, but it didn't seem to have any special attraction. I like it because it's different.

Positive ginihuff On Jan 17, 2014, ginihuff from Hemphill, TX wrote:

I live in the piney woods of east Texas. I bought this plant 2 years ago and up until this fall had left it in the ground and it stayed alive but did nothing spectacular. This fall I built a greenhouse and moved this plant into it. WOW. It bloomed and has been blooming for three months. I had no idea. I will keep it in a pot and put outside this spring and hope it re-blooms so that my hummers and bees can enjoy.

Neutral palmetto3703 On Oct 1, 2012, palmetto3703 from Mico, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have just purchased some of these plants and they were not cheap. at $9.99 pr gallon container. Am in the Texas hill countey zone 8 B. limestone and clay soil some what amended. I have situataed them in an area that is preotected from frost and wind and gets 6 hr. morning sun. they say they grow to 6 Ft. bu no one seems to know much about them.?? Any coments would be useful!! Scott

Neutral Sandwichkatexan On Jun 8, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

I purchased 5 of these this year , They are very hard to find . I hope and pray that they come back next year otherwise I have made a very expensive mistake. This will be my first year growing them but I have wanted them for years, Ever since I saw my friend Elissas plant growing in San Antonio . She called it a jammy mouth . I am only about an hour and a half away from San Antonio so I hope it will make it here through the winter as it does there. I will post details and pictures as the season progresses.

Positive aking1a On Oct 22, 2003, aking1a from Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant is relatively rare. The flowers look like 1-2 inch hummingbirds with their wings swept back or, from the front, like rabbits ears. They are full of and drip nectar. Mine is new from cuttings and is just beginning to bloom.


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

Archer, Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)
Lake City, Florida
Miami, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Valparaiso, Florida
Venice, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Barbourville, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Big Rapids, Michigan
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Cedar Park, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas (2 reports)
Hemphill, Texas
Highlands, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas
Victoria, Texas
Zapata, Texas

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