Crossandra fruticulosa is quite a small shrub, up to 50cm; basal leaves are few, stems somewhat woody and branching, downy throughout. It bears very unusual red flowers. The corolla tube is very slender, protruding beyond bracts, and spreading like a fan. It normally grows in the shade of trees. It is very floriferous and flowers for a long time.
Crossandra fruticulosa is a very worthwhile addition to a small garden. It responds well to a fertile, well-drained soil and can be grown in either sun or semi-shade.