The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Asteraceae.

Gynura aurantiaca Common name(s): Purple velvet plant Gynura aurantiaca leaf
Gynura Genus of about 50 species of evergreen perennials and subshrubs, some scandent and trailing, from tropical woodland in Africa and Asia. The flowerheads at the tips of the branches are very colorful. Gynura
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Grow in soil-based potting mix in bright filtered light. Min. temperature 55F (13C). During the growing season, water freely. Root softwood cuttings in spring or semi-ripe cuttings in summer, provide bottom heat.

User-submitted additions and corrections:

28th Dec 2007
Had one years ago. Been thinking about getting back into plant life. Thanks for the tremendous site.
8th Jan 2008
Absolutly beautiful. I just recieved it....lets you know when it needs water..goes limp VERY fast! I love the silky leaves, green,purple and pinkish.
Eric Finkbeiner
17th Mar 2009
Watch for the flower buds! This plant has an offensive odor to many so it would be wise to pluck off the flowers as they appear. The foliage is its best feature. Temperate climate and bright indirect sun are its friend.Be careful on its water somewhat thirsty in warm conditions.
3rd Mar 2010
Love these Purple Passion Vines! Have grown mine in regular potting soil, keep it moist in summer (less so in winter), and feed with weak solution of folage plant food. Pinch tips of new growth off to get plant to grow bushy - then let it vine. Longer tips of vines can be rooted in moist soil. Flowers are dark yellow, look like scraggly dandelions, and stink - discard so plant doesn't use up the energy for ugly/stinky flowers! Likes a lot of filtered sun! BEAUTIFUL plant!
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