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Hypoestes floribunda (seed)

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A perennial herb in the Acanthaceae family, Hypoestes floribunda is native to NSW, QLD, WA and NT. A small attractive soft leaved herb 50-100cm tall. Pink – purple 1.5-2.5cm long flowers are born terminally in winter/spring.

Many Hypoestes contain alkaloids and are used medicinally. John Beasely in his excellent book ‘Plants of Cape York: The compact guide’ lists H. floribunda as testing positively for alkaloids and it is believed to have tumour-inhibiting properties.

John Brock (Native Plants of Northern Australia) lists the plants Aboriginal uses as; vapours from mashed plant inhaled to relieve colds, mashed plant used on sores, dried leaves crushed to make ‘native powder’, a medicinal powder.

Care and Cultivation of Hypoestes floribunda

Sow Hypoestes floribunda seeds just under the surface of a well drained mix in part shade, germination takes place in 1-2 weeks.

20 seeds per packet


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