Plants of the UNF Campus

Pseuderanthemum laxiflorum - Shooting stars
Family Acanthaceae


About sixty species of Pseuderanthemum are native to the world’s tropics. Several are ornamental and are grown in warm climate gardens. This plant is native to Polynesia. Bright purple-pink flowers are produced in clusters among the dark green leaves throughout the growing season.


See these plants on the east side of building 10.


Herbaceous perennial to about three feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun to part shade

Water: moderately drought tolerant

Soil: ordinary, well-drained soil, no other special requirements

This is a trial for this species. These plants were donated by Jacksonville plant collector, Joyce Jarrell. Shooting stars has become a popular landscape plant in south Florida and is sometimes used as an annual further north. Not much is known about its cold hardiness in north Florida.