These plants have fast growth rate. Its small leaves of light green colour look awesome with its purple flowers. This plant can attain height of 5 feet. This plant is almost maintenance free and blooming is continuous round the year. Blooming reduces during winter season (if temperature is less than 150 C). Even during hottest weather this plant continues to bloom. This plant will show satisfactory growth without fertilisers also. However, use of fertiliser shows faster growth and more blooming. It’s a long life plant.
We should prune this plant regularly so that we can give a desired shape to this plant. Regular pruning will make it grow faster. If we plant this on open ground, it can become a shrub also. This plant is very easy to grow.
Watering & Sunlight:
The plant loves to grow in direct sunlight, but it can be grown in diffused sunlight also. Direct sunlight of only 4 hours per day is sufficient for its growth. For more blooming and better growth, direct sunlight for full day is must. Over watering is to be avoided. A matured plant (height more than 2 feet) grown in lawn on open ground can withstand without water for 2-3 weeks.
Soil: Drainage in pot is necessary by making sufficient holes in bottom. To make the ideal potting mix, 20 % drainage media (river sand/ Leca/ Perlite/ Pumice or rice husk- use any of them) in potting mix should be available. Whenever the soil becomes dry, please water the plant. Even with low level of atmospheric humidity (20% ), this plant continues to grow healthily.
Uses: 1. Ornamental use, landscaping: This plant is widely used in landscaping.
2. Hedge Plant : The plant is very famous for making borders and as shrub also.