Botanical name: Acanthaceae
Botanical name: Acanthaceae
Species of Acanthus
Cystacanthus is found in south-east Asia.
Eranthemum grow in partial and sunny locations and are commonly cultivated in yards and gardens for their late spring flowers and attractive bushy appearance. Species in the genus are known as short-day plants, meaning they need less light during their fall and winter dormancy period in order to produce flowers in the spring.
They can be found in tropical: Africa (including Madagascar), Latin America, south-east Asia and Australia.
Members of the genus carlowrightia are mainly small shrubs bearing inflorescences of lily-like flowers. They are native to the Americas, with many species found in western North America.
Firecracker Flower are a flowering genus that contains dozens of ornamentally cultivated species. They are tropical-loving flowers that thrive in the sun, thanks to their African and Indian heritage. The plants of this genus boast warm-toned blooms that last the entire summer, making them extremely popular in both garden beds and as houseplants.
The variable dicliptera can be perennials, annuals, climbers, or subshrubs. These colorful plants have a bushy habit and are hardy semi-evergreens. Dicliptera are cultivated as garden ornamentals, with horticulturalists enjoying their tubular blooms which provide nectar to hummingbirds. Once they are established, these sun-lovers are relatively drought tolerant.
Nerve plantss are named for their veined leaves, which also gives them the nickname 'mosaic plant'. The Latin name is in honor of Elizabeth and Sarah Mary Fitton, who wrote Conservations on Botany in 1817. These humidity and warmth-loving plants thrive as a houseplant or as ground cover in gardens. They are also popular in terrariums and bottle gardens.
Swampweeds is a genus of flowering plants in the acanthus family, Acanthaceae. There are about 80 to 100 species, of which many are aquatic plants. The genus is distributed across the tropical and subtropical world. Homomorphic leaves are always simple and entire. Plants with heteromorphic leaves generally have pinnately divided basal leaves with either filiform (feather-like) or linear segments, and undivided leaves higher on the stem. The flowers have white to purple corollas with either 5 equal lobes or 2 lips. A lipped corolla has an erect, concave upper lip with two lobes, and a lower lip with 3 lobes. Each flower yields at least 6 seeds.
Wild petunias are not actually petunias but are named this because their flowers do have a similar shape. The Latin name refers to Jean Ruelle, who was a famous herbalist and the physician of Francis I of France. They are quite hardy perennials and are loved for their large, showy flowers.
Schaueria is a genus of flowering plants in the family Acanthaceae. They are endemic to Brazil, from Bahia to Rio Grande do Sul. They are characterized by small elongated white or yellow flowers and narrow to thread-like green or yellow bracts. It is considered monophyletic and includes fourteen species.
Pararuellia are flowering perennial herbs native to Southeast Asia. They have very short stems and typically grow close to the soil surface. Their leaves are oval and dark green, and white, pink, or bluish flowers appear individually or in small upright clusters, with spikes or barb-like structures sometimes present on the stalk.
Aphelandra are flowering shrubs that are native to tropical regions in the Americas. Several of the many species are used as houseplants due to their attractively patterned leaves. Growing to relatively small heights, aphelandra leaves often feature white veins. The Greek words apheles and andros, meaning 'simple' and 'male' respectively, have been the inspiration behind the scientific name.
Acanthus are herbaceous perennials, which are native to tropical and subtropical regions. The ancient Greeks were so inspired by the elegant shape of the leaves that they used to carve them into Corinthian columns as decoration. Pollinators love them too, as they produce a lot of nectar.
They are native to the African tropics and subtropics, including Madagascar. They may grow from 20 cm to 2 m in height. Their hirsute stems are square in cross-section and their heart-shaped leaves have an opposite arrangement. Their purple or white pea-like flowers produce long, cigar-shaped seed pods. It contains some 17 species.
Hypoestes have distinctive green and pink spotted leaves, which make them delightful decorative houseplants. In fact, most people choose to keep them indoors as they require a very warm and humid climate to thrive. But be careful, please keep your family pets away from this plant, as this genus is toxic to pets!
Phlogacanthus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Acanthaceae and tribe Andrographideae. Its distribution includes India through to Indo-China, southern China and Sulawesi. Plants of the World currently recognises 24 species.