Common Name: Purple Passion Vine, Purple Velvet Plant
Latin Name: Gynura sarmentosa
Plant Type: Tropical Perennial
Blooming Time: Spring, early summer
Temperature: 65 – 85*F
Height: 9′ or more
Color: Green, purple
Insects and Diseases: Aphids, mealy bugs
The Purple Velvet Plant is a gorgeous plant that has greenish leaves covered with a velvety purple fuzzy hairs. Each leaf has multiple tips and the underside is generally a reddish purple. Blooms are a yellowish orange color and have a very bad odor.
Purple Passions should be placed where it can receive bright, but filtered sunlight. If the plant doesn’t get enough lighting it’s leaves will start to fade and it will lose it’s brilliant purple color.
The Purple Passion has delicate roots and soil should be kept moderately moist at all times. The soils surface can be allowed to dry slightly between waterings. Avoid over watering as the plant is very prone to root rot.
Use a good potting soil that retains moisture but will drain well. Rocks can be added to the bottom of the pot for extra drainage. The roots will quickly rot if they’re allowed to sit in drenched soil.
Fertilize your Purple Passion every week during the growing periods. Use a high quality, water soluble plant food and mix to half the recommended strength. Feeding should be stopped or decreased through the winter months, unless you can tell that the plant is still growing.
Purple Passion can be easily propagated through stem cuttings any time of the year. Cuttings can be kept in water until the roots have grown. You can also place the cutting into a good quality potting soil. Roots will normally appear within one to two weeks.
The toxicity level of Purple Passion differs in opinions. While it is listed on the non-toxic plant list and is generally thought to be non-poisonous, it should not be ingested. And, some people may have an allergic reaction to the plant.
Written by Connie Corder for HouseplantsForYou.com, Copyright 2008 All Rights Reserved