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Gynura aurantiaca belongs to the sunflower family (Asteraceae) and is originally from the Indonesian islands of Java and Sulawesi. We cultivate the purple passion as a colorful houseplant. When planted at suitable location, it is quite easy to care for and attracts everyone's attention: The fine, purple-colored hairs give the otherwise dark green plant a velvety and shimmering appearance. It is not for nothing that it is also called "Purple Velvet Plant" or "Purple Passion" in English. Besides that, the orange-yellow flowers create a vibrant play of colors along with the violet shimmer. Unfortunately, the flowers are not an olfactory highlight.
The Gynura plant can be easily propagated by terminal cuttings - so you can look after its beautiful offspring every year. To do this, cut off about 3.93 inches long leaf shoots with a sharp knife and remove the lower leaves. Then the cuttings are placed in a seed tray filled with potting soil, which can be covered with a transparent plastic cover. Put the bowl in a bright, warm place. Important for planting success: The Gynura cuttings take root at a soil temperature of at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit.Purple passion plants can get leggy when they sprawl. They look more attractive if you pinch them back to encourage them to be more bushy. “Pinching” simply means to cut off the growing tip of each stem. When you remove the growing tip (the end of the stem that is actively growing), the plant responds by growing two new ones. As the new stems grow, pinch them off and each one will grow two new tips resulting in a plant with lots of stems.
Young leaves on the purple passion plant appear bright purple and fuzzy, and feel like soft velvet. Because the plant does not produce more hairs as the leaves grow, the hairs become further apart, creating the illusion that the purple leaves are fading as they mature. Although the color has not changed, the green of the leaves becomes more visible and the purple hairs are less noticeable. Root or basal rot is a common issue among specimens sat in too dark environments with prolonged soil moisture. Symptoms include rapidly yellowing leaves, mouldy soil, stunted growth and a rotten brown base. Take the plant out of the pot and inspect health below the soil line. If the roots sport a yellow tinge, you're good to go, but if they're brown and mushy, action must be taken immediately. Learn more about addressing root rot on this link. (Source: www.ukhouseplants.com)