Scientific name: Ruellia makoyana
Common name(s): monkey plant
Light: bright light is best for growth and flowering
Watering: keep soil moist, but not soggy
Fertilizing: all-purpose mix every 3 months; a blossom-booster mix when encouraging blooms
Prized for it’s beautiful foliage, it also flowers. Pink flowers appear usually in the winter, although some flowering can occur year-round. Grows to about 12 inches. Pinch back growing tips to encourage compact growth.