Hummingbird Plant, Rabbit Ears 'Orange'

Ruttya fruticosa

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)


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall





Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Placentia, California

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

Houston, Texas

Santa Fe, Texas

Victoria, Texas

Zapata, Texas

Woodbridge, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 25, 2016, Lmaris from Mission Bend, TX wrote:

I purchased a small plant early in 2015, and it chugged along in its pot because I could not decide where to plant it. At some point my dog pulled the ID tag out of the pot, so after a few months I couldn't remember what it was so it remained in the pot for about 18 months.

It has been an extremely dry summer and fall in my neighborhood, but this trooper chose today to burst into full bloom. Very exotic looking and hummingbirds and bees have been swooping down to it.


On Sep 8, 2015, Lkuhlman from Placentia, CA wrote:

Bought this a few years ago and it languished unobtrusively for a couple growing seasons....then it took off...loves to sprawl through neighbor plants (hibiscus, bougainvillea) which it uses for support. Hummingbirds have found it and regularly feed on its interesting flowers. It seems to like so Cal/OC growing conditions. It is now over 8 ft off the ground in spots draped over and amongst its support plants.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.