Basket Plant (Callisia fragrans)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 12 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Stolons and runners
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 15, 2011 6:07 PM

I received a single little "pup" of Callisia fragrans from a gardening friend in 2007 and I've come to really love this plant. It is used as a ground cover in some areas, but I grow it as a container plant because of its non-native invasive characteristics here in Florida. It especially looks great in a hanging basket, allowing the stems with many pups to cascade over the sides of the basket. This plant does well in both full sun as well as shade and the blooms are very fragrant!

I was told that this plant is listed as a Category II non-native invasive species in Florida, so I grow it only as a container plant.

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Posted by DogsNDaylilies (SE Michigan - Zone 6a) on Jun 20, 2016 6:34 PM

Having obtained my basket plants from an ATP/NGA gardening friend in 2015, I've only had them a little under a year. I keep them in two different containers in a fairly bright (indirect light) room and they have done very well in my home, even setting about blooming up a storm this year. I love the way the blooms look like little white fireworks, exploding into a beautiful display; they have a very nice fragrance that seems to fall somewhere in between musky and sweet, but probably closer to musky.

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