Vascular – Exotic
Trees & Shrubs - Dicotyledons
Erect shrub that grows to about 2 m high. Stems are clothed with dense reddish-purple striped hairs. The leaves are large (to 25 x 25 cm) ovate and densely hairy . Purple-red flowers are produced November to January.
This shrub is easily distinguished by its large hairy leaves, the reddish-purple hairs on the stems and the clustered purple-red flowers.
November, December, January
Perennial; seeds produced in profusion (DOC Auckland 1998); dispersed by wind and people moving plants.
Reason for introduction
sordida: From the Latin sordidus ‘dull’, ‘dirty’