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Hedonisia Hawaii Botanical Plant Inventory

Purple Passion Plant

Name of Plant: Purple Passion Plant

Type of Plant: Decorative!

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1) Plant History & General Information:

a) Scientific & Other Names: Gynura Aurantiaca

Purple Passion Plant in Hawaii
Purple Passion Plant in Hawaii

b) Region of Origin: Java

c) General History: Native to Java, the Velvet plant (also Purple Velvet plant, Purple Passion) is a woody-based evergreen perennial that is noted for its velvety, purple-haired foliage. In its native habitat, it will grow to 2 feet tall and spread to 4 feet wide over time. They can reach up to 9 feet in containers. Coarsely-toothed, ovate to elliptic, green leaves are covered with reddish-purple hairs. Weak stems are initially erect but tend to sprawl with time. Clusters of tiny, senecio-like, discoid, orange-yellow flowers appear in winter. The flowers have an unpleasant odor but generally do not appear when plants are grown in lower light. Purple Passion (Purple Passion vine) is a decumbent cultivar featuring trailing or twining stems. – See more at:

2) Plant Uses:

a) As Food: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

b) As Medicine:

c) Other Uses: Use as natural toilet paper and as weed free mulch

3) Growing Instructions

a) Growing: Pinch off the yellow-orange flowers that appear in spring. They’re not only ugly, they have a bad odor. Plants often flower after they’re a year old. You may notice that your plant will begin to decline after flowering. That’s why it’s a good idea to propagate cuttings to replace your plant. It’s fast-growing, so you’ll have a big, lush-looking new house plant in no time.

b) Best time to Harvest: n/a

c) Sunlight Requirements: Sun to Partial Shade

d) Soil Requirements:

e) Propagation: From leaf cuttings

f) Controlling Spread: n/a

g) Difficulties with this plant:

h) History of this Plant at Hedonisia:

i) Location on Property: Around the crater and Garden P