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Gynura aurantiaca

Velvet Plant. Purple Velvet Plant, Royal Velvet Plant, Velvet Tree
Gynura aurantiaca

Code: 90531

Price: $9.95

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Family: Asteraceae

This showy plant from Java is grown for its handsome velvety 5 inch leaves and stems that are covered in dense purple hairs. Its growth is robust with upright stems that are thick and succulent, growing 3 to 5 feet in height. Its tall stems may need some staking. Best purple leaf color is in bright light on new growth. Clusters of tiny, daisy-like, orange-yellow flowers appear in winter. It dislikes extreme heat or cold and needs winter protection below 40F. Plant it as a soft purple accent in a tropical garden bed. USDA zones 10 - 12. It is usually found that its botanical name is given in error to the common trailing house plant "Purple Passion Plant", which is probably a hybrid between Gynura aurantiaca and Gynura procumbens.

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Keyed Cultural Guide: The following symbols are listed with many product descriptions. If so, they indicate special characteristics or growing requirements. Also, see "Cultural Information".
(B) Hanging
(D) Dwarf
under 12"
(F) Flourescent lights for
indoor light culture
(H) Humid
(M) Miniature
under 6"
(T) Terrarium
(W) Winter

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