Copper Leaf (Chrysothemis pulchella)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Orange and yellow
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Tuber
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant


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Posted by mellielong (Lutz, Florida - Zone 9b) on Apr 29, 2015 3:25 PM

I bought this at a Gesneriad and African Violet show and sale because I thought it was the coolest gesneriad of them all. I had it in a pot, but at some point it grew over the pot and now it grows in the ground. I think it layered itself or, like an African Violet, one leaf took root and it grew from there. The plant goes dormant every fall once the temperatures drop into the 50's at night. But once it warms up, the leaves start sprouting and I have to warn Dad not to hit it with the weedwhacker. I'd move it, but it seems so happy and comes back every year, so I don't want to mess with success. I never bring it inside or cover it up and it makes it through the winter just fine. Not sure if that would work much farther north than me (Tampa area). The plant flowers throughout the spring and summer.

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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On November 1, 2014 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
piksihk On October 17, 2014 Potted up
was too wet; top died back;
piksihk On July 1, 2014 Plant emerged
in pot with red leaf hibiscus (thought they died)
piksihk On September 4, 2013 Obtained plant
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