I was given this houseplant by a friend who didn’t know what it was. I’d love to know what it is so I can learn more about caring for it.
Your plant is called a Chenille Plant. It’s hard to believe, but a Chenille Plant belongs to the same family as a Poinsettia. Here are some care tips to help you.
Light: bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light., in the winter a few hours of direct sun. With the proper amount of light, a Chenille Plant will bloom all year.
Water: Keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy at all times, never allow it to totally dry out
Plant Food: Feed twice a month in the spring and summer when the plant is actively growing with a plant food high in phosphorus. Always dilute the food to 1/2 the recommended strength.
Propagate from stem tip cuttings.
Here is a picture of a mature Chenille Plant.