About three species of Ruttya
are native to tropical Africa. This is a
densely branched, shrubby plant. An abundance of orange flowers with black
centers are produced in summer and fall. Reportedly, hummingbirds are attracted
to the flowers.
Light: full shade to part shade
Water: moist, well-drained soil, somewhat drought tolerant once established
Soil: adaptable to soils, no special requirements
The cold hardiness of this plant is not well known. This
plant was donated to the University by local plant collector, Joyce Jarrell. It
is reported to grow as a perennial in a similar climate on the Gulf coast,
dying to the ground in winter and resprouting in spring.