Purple Passion Plant
Purple Passion Plant, aka Gynura aurantiaca or Velvet Plant, is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family Asteraceae, and certainly a must-have for your collection. With green leaves covered in fine, purple hairs, it gives the effect of a purple sheen, hence its common name. As they age, the hairs spread further apart, lessening the purple colour but certainly not its beauty, as they are even known to produce delightfully contrasting orange flowers.
They should not be in a position to see the sun directly, although early morning or late evening sun is fine. Filtered sunlight through a sheer curtain is best and most homes are comprised primarily of indirect sunlight. The best spot for them is where they do not see the sun during the majority of the day but still get bright, indirect light.
They will thrive in bright light, but also can tolerate medium light. A good medium-light place in your home would be in the middle of a room that has a regular size window. They can be placed anywhere between the middle of the room and the window. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.
They need to be watered when the top half of the soil is dry to the touch. That usually takes about 1 week in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but it's always safer to underwater or give the soil a check before you water again. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.
They can live in any average home humidity condition and are fairly hardy.
The purple will remain bold and striking if the plant is kept in very bright, indirect light, such as next to an East or North-facing window. Avoid getting water on the leaves, as the fine hairs can trap moisture and begin to rot. To keep your plant full and compact, pinch the new growth back regularly, causing it to develop branches and to remain more like a shrub than a vine,
The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.