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.
Basionym Justicia cristata Jacq.
Synonym Ruellia cristata Andrews.
Native to the West Indies and introduced to the UK in 1733.