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APurple Passion Plant Flower

APurple Passion Plant Flower

APurple Passion Plant Flower

Thanks to the fine, soft purple hairs on its green leaves, the purple passion plant almost appears to glow in the sunlight. The stems and undersides of this tropical plant are usually deep red or purple, and variants can grow in upward bunches or as a trailing ivy. Unlike many houseplants that take a few years to reach their most attractive stage, this species thrives in its youth: Young foliage shows more of its signature color than mature leaves. Purple passion plants tend to flaunt their brightest colors in the first two to three years before flowering.

Purple Passion

Your purple passion plant needs to grow in a bright spot—likely by a window—to look its best. Since they thrive in strong, indirect sun, an east-facing window is ideal. Without sufficient light, the leaves will appear green instead of their signature purple, and the stems can get long and leggy as they try to grow toward the sun. It's common to find spider mites or small bugs living in your purple passion plant. Bronze-colored leaves or brown spots are an indicator of spider mite infestations. If your plant is attracting mites, simply cut off the affected leaves and rinse the plant with a hose or in the shower (taking care to dispose of leaves in a plastic bag outdoors and clean your cutting tools afterward).

Thanks to the fine, soft purple hairs on its green leaves, the purple passion plant almost appears to glow in the sunlight. The stems and undersides of this tropical plant are usually deep red or purple, and variants can grow in upward bunches or as a trailing ivy. Unlike many houseplants that take a few years to reach their most attractive stage, this species thrives in its youth: Young foliage shows more of its signature color than mature leaves. Purple passion plants tend to flaunt their brightest colors in the first two to three years before flowering. This herbaceous evergreen in the Asteraceae family is commonly grown as a houseplant. It is best displayed in a hanging basket and is noted for its unusual velvety purple leaves and stems. Bright, indirect light with protection from the afternoon sun will result in the best foliage color. Soil should be kept moist with less frequent watering in winter as overwatering may cause rot. Clusters of tiny orange-yellow flowers appear in the fall but may not appear in low-light conditions. They have an unpleasant smell and can be messy and so are often removed. This plant has weak stems and a sprawling growth habit: pinching back stems may help produce a more bushy growth and reduce legginess. (Source: plants.ces.ncsu.edu)

 

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