Ruellia Makoyana is an evergreen with hairy dark green leaves and silvery veins, providing an attractive display throughout the year. It belongs to the family Acanthaceae of tropical plants and is native to Brazil.
The common name for Makoyana include Monkey plant and Trailing velvet plant. It’s grown for its foliage and flowers and makes a great addition to any home. Like it’s cousin the “Mexican Petunia” Ruellia simplex, given the right conditions, it’s an easy plant to grow. The monkey plant is a short shrub. It typically reaches about 12” inches and produces leaves measuring up to six inches. The leaves are velvety and hairy, with light yellow or silvery veins providing a contrast to the dark green leaves. The flowers are pink and tubular shaped with red markings. They are typically about two inches long and grow from the tops of the stems.