Excellent feature plant in borders and semi-shade or sun. Rich, glossy green foliage and impressive, long-lasting spikes of purple and white. Plant in full sun or part shade. Prefers well-drained soil. Hardy in zones 5-9. Grows 36 inches high. Plant History: Native to the warm, Mediterranean regions, from the family Acanthaceae. The generic name derives from the Greek "akantha," meaning "spine." This refers to the toothed foliage of some species. Kew grows more species in its 300 acres than any other garden in the world and is an important scientific institution. The magnificent glasshouses, including Decimus Burton's famous Palm House, display a wide range of plants from rainforest to desert and provide the visitor with a visual and fragrant treat whatever the time of year. This is an exclusive Kew Gardens seed!