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Columnea spp.

Columnea Plant Features

You might not guess it from looking at it, but columnea is actually a relative of African violet. And like its cousin, columnea is a fantastic houseplant. It has pendulous stems, making it a perfect pick for hanging baskets. When not suspended in the air, the stems will grow horizontally over flat surfaces, so columnea is also a great choice for tabletops and desks. 

Look for columnea varieties with variegated foliage; these houseplants offer color all year long. 

Columnea Questions?
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Columnea Growing Instructions

Grow columnea in bright light, but out of direct sun. Too much of the sun's rays can cause this houseplant's leaves to develop sunburn. It grows equally well in natural as artificial light, so columnea is a fab choice for corporate offices. If the plant gets enough light, it produces colorful red or orange flowers. 

Water columnea when the potting mix starts to dry to the touch. Keeping the plant a little drier in the winter months can help it to bloom better in summer. 

If you want to fertilize your columnea, it's best to it in spring and summer. Use any general-purpose houseplant fertilizer and follow the directions on the packaging. 

A beautiful houseplant, columnea is not intended for consumption by people or animals. 

  • Light

    Indoors: High light

  • Colors

    Orange, Red, Variegated

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Colorful foliage
    Purifies the air

Complement your Columnea with these varieties:
Flame Violet
Flame violet and columnea are natural plant partners -- these two Exotic Angel® Plants love the same conditions and look adorable when paired.

Dragon's Tongue
Contrast dragon's tongue fine foliage with the columnea's fleshy leaves.

Varieties: Our Favorites

Columnea 'Merlot' Merlot Columnea

Columnea 'Merlot'

Merlot is a lovely variety that has dark green foliage often flushed with purple.

Exotic Angel® Plants