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Purple Passion Plant

Gynura spp.

Purple Passion Plant Plant Features

Purple passion plant stands out from other houseplants because its green leaves are covered in soft purple hairs, giving the plant a purple sheen (and it's the source of the plant's other common name: velvet plant). Purple passion plant has an upright habit when it's young, but becomes more spreading and almost vine-like as it matures. This makes it fun in hanging baskets, as well as trained up small trellises.

Because it is so colorful and easy to grow, purple passion plant is one of the most popular varieties in our collection of Exotic Angel houseplants. 

Purple Passion Plant Questions?
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Purple Passion Plant Growing Instructions

Purple passion plant grows best in medium or bright light and when the soil is kept moist, but not wet. It tolerates dry soil relatively well, so if you forget to water it every now and again, you don't have to worry about it dying. But, this unique houseplant looks best if given a regular supply of water. 

If you'd like to keep your purple passion plant more compact, pinch off the ends of the new growth. This will cause it to develop more branches and grow more shrubby than like a vine. 

  • Light

    Indoors: High light
    Indoors: Medium light

  • Colors

    Purple, Variegated

  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Special Features

    Purifies the air

Complement your Purple Passion Plant with these varieties:
Madagascar Dragon Tree
Mix purple-edged Madagascar dragon tree with purple passion plant for an exciting indoor combo.

Grape Ivy
Pair grape ivy and purple passion plant together for an intriguing mix of colors and textures.

Oyster Plant
Accent oyster plant's pretty variegated foliage with purple passion plant (or variegated purple passion plant!).

Varieties: Our Favorites

Gynura spp. Purple Passion Plant

Gynura spp.

This is the classic variety that has fuzzy purple leaves.

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Gynura 'Variegata' Variegated Purple Passion Plant

Gynura 'Variegata'

Variegated purple passion plant is a must-have for lovers of unique houseplants! Its purple leaves are streaked with cream.

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