AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 1.5m x 1m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
This herbaceous shrub is fast-growing and produces soft, hairy, dark-green leaves. The ribbon bush bears spikes of tubular mauve, pink or white flowers flowers. The flowers have two lips which curl back like a miniature florist’s ribbon (hence the common name). It starts flowering just before winter when most other plants are past their prime.ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Hypoestes is rich in nectar and attracts many butterfly species. It is the host plant to butterflies and at least one moth species. It also attracts other small insects, providing a source of food for insectivorous birds like robins, thrushes and barbets.
NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Hypoestes is a hardy and trouble-free plant. It may be pruned back if it becomes untidy.
Water moderately in summer but less in winter.
Bushveld, country, forest, tropical, woodland
Mass plant it under large trees to form an effective groundcover.
The flower is dainty, tubular and two-lipped. The colours vary from bright pink, mauve or white but all have darker purple speckles which serve as guides to attract pollinators.
The fruit is a small, club-shaped capsule that splits open to release the seeds up to 4m from the parent plant.
BUTTERFLY LARVAL HOST:
Junonia hierta (Yellow Pansy)
Junonia natalica (Brown Pansy)
Junonia oenone (Blue Pansy)
Paralethe dendrophilus (Bush Beauty, Forest Beauty)
The plant regularly self seeds. It is also easily propagated by seed and cuttings.