Sabine's Coneflower
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Sabine's Coneflower
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Sabine's Coneflower
Botanical name: Strobilanthes sabiniana    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Ruellia sabiniana, Strobilanthes sabiniana var. argentea

Sabine's Coneflower is a very beautiful plant, found in the eastern Himalayas, from Nepal to NE India, up to altitudes of 1900 m. It was named in the honour of horticulturist Joseph Sabine. It flowers in winter, when several of the numerous bluish-purple spikes have a succession of flowers. The flowers open two on each spike at a time, never more. Oppositely arranged elliptic leaves are highly unequal in each pair. Leaves are purplish or almost white on the underside. Found Flowering: November.

Identification credit: John Wood Photographed in Cherapunjee, Meghalaya.

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