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Gynura aurantiaca

"Purple Passion Vine"

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I bought this plant 2014 June. It caught my eye when I was plant shopping at Walmart. I am a bit unsure about bringing more houseplants inside, since it tends to be a bit cold here. With mom's passing, I might turn one of the rooms into a green house of sorts, that I will heat better in the winter. I will need to be thinking about that as I renovate the house.

  • Botanical Name: Gynura aurantiaca
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Common Name: Purple Passion Vine, velvet plant
  • Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial, house plant
  • Light: Part shade
  • Water: evenly moist
  • Native Range: Java
  • Height: 30 to 60 cm
  • Spread: 60 to 120 cm
  • Bloom Time: November to February
  • Bloom Description: Orange-yellow
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Flower: Showy
  • Leaf: Colorful, Evergreen

The 'Purple Passion' cultivar is a perennial vine with velvety-purple-hairy stems and leaves. It could reach up to 275 cm in containers according to the Plant of the Week website.

It blooms in summer. The orange flowers are 2.5 cm across and have an unpleasant odor.

As a houseplant, it is best grown in a hanging basket in a sunny location but with protection from direct afternoon sun. The more bright light with filtered sun gives the best foliage color.

Soil based potting mix. Keep soils evenly moist, with slight reduction in watering from fall to late winter. Many gardeners remove flowers as they appear because of their unpleasant smell and clean up problems.

Fertilize weekly during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. During the winter months, we cut our plant back to within 4 nodes from the pot. This helps to keep the plant growing vigorously and helps to keep the color richer. Old growth tends to lose its color.

Pinch growing tips to prevent legginess. Purple Passion is easily propagated from cuttings at any time of the year.

Sources: Plant of the Week | Missouri Botanical Garden