Greek eros — love, anthemon — flower.
Perennial herbs and shrubs. Leaves entire. Flower clusters sometimes branched, the bracts large and showy. Sepals with 5 long lobes but overlapped by the bracts. Flower tube narrow and curved, with 5 unequal, spreading petal lobes. Fruit a capsule containing several seeds.
Cultivated as indoor plants for their ornamental foliage and blue flowers.
Generally by softwood cuttings; stamens 2, attached in the throat and not protruding from the flower.
Flowers not 2-lipped, but with showy, long bracts and bright blue flowers.
About 30 species from tropical Asia.
Source: (2002). Acanthaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.