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deenie
Oct 22, 2013 5:20 PM CST
VELVET ELVIS

How well do these plants do in Vegas? How do they take the cold? Do they need all shade? or some sun. how much water. food. What kind of food and how will they do with the winter temps. Should I bring it inside. I have the purple flowers one. They are not a day lily.


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Was able to find on the internet the care of these plants. Thanks to all of you for the correct name for the plant
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RickCorey
Oct 22, 2013 7:07 PM CST
Daylily, Iris or "Plectranthus"?

Whichever, I still wouldn't know, but it may help someone else answer.
Also, once you specify "Iris" or "Daylilly", we have a forum for each of those, and no doubt people who know how to manage either kind of plant in extreme conditions.

I see the daylily can go down to Zone 3 (-40 F = -40 C), so I assume you're good there.
Does your part of Nevada get very cold at night even in summer? That might be an issue.

Even though some descriptions say "full sun", they might not be thinking of Nevada / summer / Noon "full sun".


Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Velvet Elvis')
Plectranthus 'Velvet Elvis'
Louisiana Iris (Iris 'Red Velvet Elvis')


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Calif_Sue
Oct 22, 2013 10:17 PM CST

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I see the original post was edited to say it's not a daylily but then never specified what type of plant.

Is it the plectranthus?
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valleylynn
Oct 22, 2013 10:57 PM CST
Sounds like she is talking about the plectranthus.


@ge1836 (Jo Ann) is very knowledgeable on how to grow these, and the coleus.

I don't think they can handle freezing weather.
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Calif_Sue
Oct 23, 2013 12:18 AM CST

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No they can't, they are for zone 9 and up. I have a potted one (not the exact cultivar) on my front porch, up against the house so I never bring it in. It's currently blooming. I don't fertilize but know it would benefit from a general bloom fertilizer. I used to have this plant in a short morning sun location and it did fine.
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chelle
Oct 23, 2013 7:53 AM CST
The dark-leaved plectranthus, at least, can get by with very little light. I bring some in before frost and set the container on a shelf in a low-light window on a humidity tray. I forget about it until it looks half-dead *Blush* and then water it well. So far, I haven't lost one yet, even though I'm a terrible houseplant gardener. These plants like indirect but bright light and a high nitrogen fertilizer while blooming, but don't need any extra fertilizer when they aren't. They'll even bloom a bit in low-light conditions, but the flowers will be very pale.
These plants root very easily, so if indoor space is limited, just pull a piece of stem from the root ball and tuck it into a small pot of moistened mix.

This picture isn't of the exact same cultivar, but this is what the bloom looks like indoors at the tail-end of our long, dark and gloomy winter.

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Outdoors in bright, indirect light the bloom color is much darker.


Leaf tips and edges tend to burn in too much direct sun.

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deenie
Oct 23, 2013 8:52 AM CST
Thank you all so much for the replies. I'm new at this. It is a plectranthus. I live in Las Vegas so our winters can get down to 30's and of course the summers can be wicked over 100. I'll bring it inside if it get's cold. Again appreciate all the help. :)
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valleylynn
Oct 23, 2013 8:56 AM CST
Good morning deeni, and a big Welcome! to ATP. I forgot to welcome you in my above post.
I would love to see photos of your plant, especially a close up of the bloom.
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RickCorey
Oct 23, 2013 12:47 PM CST
Welcome, Deenie, and thanks for providing feedback.

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woofie
Oct 23, 2013 3:54 PM CST
And I hope someone more knowledgeable will fill in a few of the blanks in the database for this particular plant! Hint hint! Smiling
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valleylynn
Oct 23, 2013 4:45 PM CST
I agree

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