ID My Houseplant: Chenille Plant

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.

Hi Patrick,


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 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.

Fuzzy red Chenille Plant
Chenille Plant