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Strobilanthes anisophylla T.Anders.

Frost tender, evergreen sub-shrub with unequal pairs of lance-shaped, toothed leaves, the longer to 9cm long, and tubular blue flowers, borne in cone-shaped inflorescences in spring and winter.  To 2m.  [RHSD].

Horticultural & Botanical History

First botanically described as Ruellia anisophylla by Wallich in Hooker’s Exotic Flora in 1827 [Exotic Flora vol.3, t.191/1827]. Transferred to the genus Goldfussia by Nees in 1832 [Wallich vol.3, p.88/1832] and to Strobilanthes by Thomas Anderson in 1865 [Cat. Pl. Roy. Bot. Gard. Calcutta, 1861-64 p.43/1864]. Although the latter name is now commonly used it is not totally accepted as valid with Goldfussia sometimes preferred.

‘This beautiful plant [Goldfussia anisophylla] was found by Francis de Sylva, at Silhet, and through Dr. Wallich introduced to European gardens, where it is a great ornament to our stoves, flowering during the winter and spring months.  The flowers are handsome, but in a measure concealed by the distichous foliage, under which they seem to insinuate themselves, though they originate in the upper axils of the leaf.’  [BM t.3404/1835].  Introduced to Britain in 1823.  [JD].  MB p.121/1841.

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [T.530/1850].


Published Feb 22, 2010 - 11:22 AM | Last updated Apr 21, 2011 - 05:28 PM

Figured are lance-shaped, toothed leaves, and tubular blue flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.3404, 1835.

Strobilanthes anisophylla T.Anders. | BM t.3404/1835 as Goldfussia anisophylla | BHL

Family Acanthaceae
Region of origin


  • Goldfussia anisophylla Nees
  • Ruellia anisophylla Wall. ex Hook.
  • Ruellia persicifolia Griff.
Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Goldfussia anisophylla 

Confidence level high