Green to purplish green foliage topped by small, star-like flowers of pink or white and magenta makes Carruther's falseface pretty whenever temperatures are warm. A tender evergreen shrub native to New Caledonia and Vanuata in western Polynesia, it has today become naturalized in many parts of the tropical Pacific and South America.The oval leaves have noticeable veins and often have gently wavy edges. They are yellow green (var. carruthersii), fully green in color (var. reticulatum) or the edges are rimmed in purple and undersides a more pronounced purple (var. atropurpreum). Year round in the tropics, short spiked clusters of pink to white flowers with magenta flecks appear at stem tips, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds alike. The flowers are like mini-trumpets with four petals and make a "false face" since they lack the fifth flower petal of similar-looking Pseuderanthemum and Eranthemum species that resembles a little face.