This bushy shrub with bright green oblong leaves is striking because of its
prominent display of hanging inflorescences, each up to 50 cm long and
carrying numerous small flowers. They are dense and fluffy, like a cat's tail,
and they appear intermittently throughout the whole year as long as conditions
are favorable. The plant may grow as high as 2 m and
flowers all year round but requires considerable pruning to keep it from
becoming too tall. Those usually seen in gardens have dark flowers, but there
is one variety with deep purple flowers and another with white.
Identification credit: Tabish
Photographed in Manipur
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