Hairy branches and creeping rhizome.
Leaves dark green, opposite, hairy above, purplish and dotted with glands below, narrow, lanceolate to oval, tip blunt or sharp, base rounded or wedge-shaped.
Groups of 3-5 white, pink, blue or lilac flower – summer to spring.
Fruit a hairy capsule to 1.5 cm long.
Makes an ideal groundcover, which will spread in a lightly shaded garden, very attractive when in flower.
Cuttings of roots or stems strike readily, or self seeded plantlets can be potted up.
A good substitute for the many weedy Acanthaceae.
Photo: Robert Whyte
Will self seed readily in garden or into pot plants.
Flower sprays are eaten by Bearded Dragon Lizards.
Photo: Dick Harding
Varied Eggfly. Photo: Mark Crocker