Botanical Gardens Puerto de La Cruz
Mackaya bella is from the Acanthaceae family, and falls under the shrub category.
The Mackaya bella is an evergreen shrub that boasts masses of white and light-purple flowers and glossy, dark green leaves. It does not grow to be particularly large, but is sizeable enough to make an impact in any garden, reaching an average height of three metres and a spread of about two metres.
Although known officially as Jardín de Aclimatación de la Orotava, or "JAO", this installation is actually in Puerto de La Cruz (there is a smaller one actually in La Orotava).
Since its inauguration, all those years ago, it has become one of the most important botanical gardens in the world, rating alongside such others as Kew Gardens in London.
It is a huge place, covering around 20,000 square metres. If that wasn't enough, plans are underway to double its size, with the addition of landscaping and more modern facilities.