Aphelandra cristata

Family: Acanthaceae

Genus: Aphelandra

Category: Shrub

Zones: Frost tender

Size: 2 to 5' tall

Exposure: Part Shade, Shade


From Bot. Mag. Aphelandra cristata grows into a handsome tall shrub, which, when covered with its fulgid blossoms, must be a beautiful object. In native specimens, the spikes more generally come out two or four together, not singly, as in our drawing. Found in the West-India islands as well as on the continent, and was introduced to this country by Lord Seaforth.


Published in Hortus Kew. (W.T. Aiton), ed. 2. 4: 55 in 1812.

Also published in Bot. Mag. 38: 1578 in 1813 and Edwards's Bot. Reg. 18: 1477 in 1832.

Basionym Justicia cristata Jacq.

Synonym Ruellia cristata Andrews.

Native to the West Indies and introduced to the UK in 1733.

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