Purple Velvet Plant

About

Outdoors a Purple Velvet plant (Gynura, a very unique plant that originated in Indonesia, is a woody perennial that can often grow up to 4 ft. wide and 2-3ft in height. Indoors this plant, also called a Purple Passion plant or a Velvet  plant, makes a very attractive trailing plant that can sit on a table or be placed in a hanging basket. Although the appearance of the plant may start to deteriorate after a few years, it’s very easy to propagate plant.

Purple Velvet Plant Description

Indoors, a Purple Velvet plant quickly becomes a bushy plant one to two ft tall (.3m -.6m) with leaves as long as 6″ (15.2 cm). The plant has beautifully shaped green leaves covered in velvety purple hairs. The leaves have a reddish-purple underside. A Purple Velvet plant produces small, yellow/orange, dandelion like flowers that have a rather offensive smell and should probably be removed as soon as they appear. Although the appearance of the plant may start to deteriorate after a few years, it’s very easy to propagate using stem tip cuttings.

Popular Purple Velvet Plant Varieties

Gynura aurantiaca is the most popular variety sold as a houseplant. It is an upright, green plant with trailing vines . The shiny purple hairs on the leaves give it a gleaming appearance in bright 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..

Gynura sarmentosa has smaller leaves but with even more purple hairs which make the leaves look velvety.

Quick Care Tips

bright 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. is needed to maintain the purple color

Prune aggressively to keep the plant looking full

Be careful not to over water and cause root rot.

Warm temperatures and high humidity help the plant grow faster

Conclusion

There are several other plants that are sometimes referred to as a Velvet plant such as the Alocasia Black Velvet, White velvet plant (Tradescantia sillamontana), Velvet Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron Micans), and the Jungle Velvet Calathea (Calathea Warscewiczii)

 

 

FAQ

Can I Mist My Purple Velvet to Increase the Humidity Around It?

Misting a Purple Velvet is not a good idea since water gets trapped in the hairs on the leaves and thus encourages bacterial and fungal infections. Try placing your plant on a wet pebble tray to increase the humidity, just be sure your plant is sitting on the pebbles and never in the water itself.

My Cat Likes to Nibble on My Purple Passion Plant. Will This Hurt Him?

The ASPCA and other experts say that a Purple Velvet Plant or Purple Passion as it is sometimes called is not poisonous to cats.