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Purple Passion Vine

Purple Passion Vine

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The purple passion vine (Gynura aurantiaca) is a well-loved evergreen commonly grown as a houseplant. It is related to asters and comes from a very large genus of similar plants. This particular variety is native to Indonesia and Java. The velvety green oval leaves have bright purple edges and veining, and a faint purple sheen due to the purple color of the tiny hairs on the leaf surface. It also has bright purple stems, making it one of the most colorful foliage plants you can display indoors. The trailing vines make it perfect for a hanging basket. It is also known as the "purple velvet plant" and the "royal velvet plant" due to its soft velvety texture.

Purple passion vine should be grown in bright, indirect light to filtered sun. Water this plant often enough to keep the soil moist, but not soggy, throughout the growing season. Opt for pots with plenty of drainage to help prevent root rot, planting your purple passion vine in soil like a commercial potting mix with vermiculite.Though it does have some specific needs, including careful watering and regular fertilizing, caring for purple passion vine is not terribly complicated or time-consuming. Cared for properly, it will provide years of beauty as an indoor plant.

Light: This plant does best in partial bright sunlight, filtered sunlight (as through a sheer curtain), or indirect sunlight. A northern exposure window, or a spot hanging next to a window should give it plenty of light, or a spot where it gets morning sun. Afternoon sun is probably too strong and may cause sun damage or stress.

Watering: Regular watering during the active growth season to keep the soil slightly moist helps this vine stay healthy. However, watering should be reduced in winter to prevent root rot. It's very important to avoid overwatering the purple passion vine; touch the soil and make sure it feels slightly moist, not wet or soggy. Some pebbles in the bottom of your container can help, and be sure there are drainage holes also.

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