Botanical name: Hemigraphis latebrosa Family: Acanthaceae (Barleria family)
Synonyms: Ruellia labetrosa
Shade Loving Hemigraphis is an annual herb, growing to 10-20 cm high. Slender stem is covered with soft white hairs. Oppositely arranged ovate narrow leaves are 3-8 cm long. Flowers occur either in the leaf axils, or in spikes at the end of stems. The tubular flowers are violetish white in the throat with streaks of violet. The flower throat is also hairy. Flowers have 5 blue, rounded petals. Common in grasslands in the Western Ghats. Flowering: November-December.
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