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Aneilema acuminatum, Native Wandering Jew

Aneilema acuminatum

Native Wandering Jew
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: New Guinea
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite, off-white flowers

Aneilema acuminatum, also known as native wandering Jew, is a small ornamental shrub with beautiful foliage and bright, off-white flowers. Native to New Guinea and Southeast Asia, this perennial plant is easy to take care of and adds a lush touch to any garden.

This species is a fast-growing small shrub that can reach a height of two to five feet tall with attractive ovate or elliptic shaped leaves. Its leaves are greenish with a white-silver or purplish patterning. It produces white or off-white flowers that only last for a day each but bloom multiple times in a season.

Aneilema acuminatum will thrive best when planted in sandy soil in a semi-shady area that gets moderate sunlight. For optimal growth, provide regular watering throughout its growth cycle and make sure the soil drains properly. It is hardy for USDA Zones 9-11. For colder regions, the plant can be grown in a large container, which should be brought indoors over the winter season. Caring for the plant in a container should include providing enough water and ensuring it is in well-draining soil.

Overall, Aneilema acuminatum is an ideal plant to add to your garden. It is low maintenance, fast-growing and has lovely, vibrant flowers that will make any garden the envy of the neighborhood.



Aneilema acuminatum, Native Wandering Jew
Aneilema acuminatum, Native Wandering Jew


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Callisia fragrans, Spironema fragrans, Basket Plant, Golden tendril, Russian Holistic Medicinal Plant

Callisia fragrans, Spironema fragrans

Basket Plant, Golden tendril, Russian Holistic Medicinal Plant
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Mexico
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall plant 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Subtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Callisia fragrans is a low growing plant that has waxy leaves that have a slight purplish color underneath, reminding maize with alternating placement on its stem. Green leaves that will turn purplish at the edges when placed in strong light. It has small, white fragrant flowers arranged in clusters of three. This is a good groundcover for mild, moderately dry climates, as well as a nice container or hanging basket plant. With a good care Callissia fragrans can reach more than 3 feet high as an indoor plant. In this case you need to make a support to it that the plant wouldn't broken under its own weight.

It is not only a decoration plant, it has wide medicinal use in Europe and Russia. Active biological substances that are in Callissia fragrans can struggle with any types of infections, stimulate metabolic processes, strengthen immunity and circulatory system, has positive influence on growths. Substances from steroid group contained in Callissia fragrans give it these wonderful possibilities.

See article about this plant: Callisia fragrans, Golden Tendril - Holistic Medicinal Plant





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Callisia fragrans x soconuscensis Melnikoff - Variegated Golden Tendril

This is an extremely rare variety of the European Holistic Medicinal Plant - Golden Tendril. It has showy variegated leaves and makes a beautiful houseplant on top of its medicinal value. It tolerates wide range of conditions and requires very little water; takes both bright sun or shade and is very fast growing and easy. Leaves will turn purplish at the edges when placed in bright light. It has small, white fragrant flowers arranged in clusters of three. This is a good groundcover for mild, moderately dry climates, as well as a nice container or hanging basket plant. With a good care Callissia fragrans can reach more than 3 feet high as an indoor plant. In this case, you need to make a support to it that the plant wouldn't break under its own weight. The plant has wide medicinal use in Europe and Russia, literally every household, millions of Europeans use this plant as a home remedy. According to scientific research, active biological substances from steroid group contained in this plant can struggle with any types of infections, stimulates metabolic processes, strengthens immunity and circulatory system, has a positive influence on growths and much more... some people consider it a virtual panacea. Whether it works for everybody or not, it is definitely fun to own such a legendary plant!
See article about this plant: Callisia fragrans, Golden Tendril - Holistic Medicinal Plant

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Callisia gentlei var. elegans, Callisia elegans, Callisia

Callisia gentlei var. elegans, Callisia elegans

Callisia
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Mexico
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersOrnamental foliage



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Callisia repens, Bolivian Jew, Turtle Vine, Inch plant
Callisia repens 'Pink Panther'

Callisia repens

Bolivian Jew, Turtle Vine, Inch plant
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Central and South America
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ftSemi-shadeModerate waterOrnamental foliage

Vigorous creeping vine with obicular, clasping leaves. Foliage is green on top and purple on the underside. It multiplies and spreads extremely quickly creating a luxurious mat of leaves. This plant is useful to keep those potted plants from drying out as it will form a thick mat at the base of taller plants.





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Callisia repens - Turtle Vine, Inch plant

Bolivian Jew, Turtle Vine, Inch plant. Perfect fast growing ground cover that doesn

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Callisia soconuscensis, Callisia, Dragon Tail

Callisia soconuscensis

Callisia, Dragon Tail
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Mexico
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall plant 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterOrnamental foliage

The leaves are glossy green leaves with burgundy edges that grow in a spiral shape.





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Callisia sp., Roselings

Callisia sp.

Roselings
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Americas
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular water

Callisia sp., Roselings


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Cochliostema odoratissimum, Cochliostema jacobianum, Cochliostema

Cochliostema odoratissimum, Cochliostema jacobianum

Cochliostema
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Tropical America
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeEpiphyteRegular waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersFragrantIrritating

Cochliostema odoratissimum (Cochliostema) is a small shrub native to tropical America, growing up to 2-5 feet tall. It enjoys semi-shade and regular water, although it should not be over-watered. It produces flowers that are fragrant and have bright blue, lavender, and purple petals. As a bonus, its flowers are also quite showy.

In USDA Zone 9-11 regions, Cochliostema can be grown in a pot. It does best in bright and warm places. If grown in colder regions, Cochliostema must be kept indoors during colder months and protected from frost. Cochliostema also benefits from filtered light and fertile soil. To keep the soil moist, water it regularly and supplement with a weak fertilizer every month.

Cochliostema is an attractive plant that provides a pleasant fragrance and adds color to a room. Its flowers can help make for a therapeutic atmosphere by providing a sense of relaxation and peace. If you have a place with the right temperature and humidity, it is worth growing this plant, as it is sure to make your home look beautiful.





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Commelina sp., Dayflower
Commelina eckloniana

Commelina sp.

Dayflower
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Asia, Africa
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersYellow, orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsInvasive

Commelina sp. is a small plant that can grow between 2-5 ft in height, making it an ideal groundcover or low-growing plant for borders or walkways. The plants have an upright or semi-erect form, and their soft and delicate foliage is a pleasing green color. Small, star-shaped flowers in shades of blue, lavender, and purple appear in summer, and bright yellow or orange flowers can appear in autumn.

The dayflower is somewhat drought tolerant, but for best results should be grown in well-drained soil with a regular supply of water, especially during times of drought. It can also tolerate a moderate amount of moisture. Plant in full sun or semi-shade, and make sure to give it enough room to spread.

In USDA Zone 9-11, this small perennial can survive the winter with some preparation. Before cold weather sets in, trim the plants back to around 4 inches tall to help protect them from harsh weather. Add a layer of mulch around the plants to insulate them in cold climates.

In addition to being an attractive garden plant, Commelina sp. also attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. A word of caution, however, as this plant can be quite invasive in some climates.





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Cyanotis beddomei, Cyanotis kewensis, Teddy Bear Vine

Cyanotis beddomei, Cyanotis kewensis

Teddy Bear Vine
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Southern India
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeModerate waterBlue, lavender, purple flowers

Native to South India, it's a small flower-bearing shrub that is suitable for a range of horticultural applications. With its delicate appearance, it's an excellent choice for border edges, container gardening, low-maintenance rock gardens, and hanging baskets.

Cyanotis beddomei typically grows to 2-5 feet tall and wide, making it a great privacy or garden border plant. It is a sun-loving plant, requiring several hours of direct sunlight per day to thrive. Those with conditions of partial shade to semi-shade can also do well in Cyanotis beddomei. It requires moderate water for best growth, ensuring soil is moist but not soggy.

Most conspicuous about Cyanotis beddomei is its flowers, which burst into bloom during the spring and summer. Its flowers are small and can range in color from blue to lavender to purple. The color of the flower will depend upon the variety of the plant.

Cyanotis beddomei is a popular choice amongst gardeners in USDA hardiness zones 9-11. It can survive in colder climates with a bit of extra care taken in the winter season. To prevent winter damage, a layer of mulch can be applied over the soil to insulate the roots and keep them from freezing. In areas of light frost, it is best to plant in a pot and move it indoors during the coldest months.

Overall, Cyanotis beddomei is an easy-care, low-maintenance flower that adds a delicate touch to any outdoor landscaping. With its lovely flowers, attractive foliage, and fast growth, it is sure to bring life and color to any garden!



Cyanotis beddomei, Cyanotis kewensis, Teddy Bear Vine
Cyanotis beddomei, Cyanotis kewensis, Teddy Bear Vine


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Cyanotis somaliensis, Tradescantia somaliensis, Furry Kittens, Pussy Ears

Cyanotis somaliensis, Tradescantia somaliensis

Furry Kittens, Pussy Ears
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Eastern Africa, Rwanda, Somalia
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterBlue, lavender, purple flowers

Cyanotis somaliensis (Furry Kittens), a plant native to Eastern Africa, Rwanda, Somalia, is an evergreen perennial related to Tradescantia. It is known for its tolerance to dry conditions, bright blue or lavender-purple flowers and most notably, densely ranked, lance-shaped leaves that are almost hidden by the hairy trail of its stems. It can be grown in USDA Zone 10-11.

Cyanotis somaliensis is an easy and forgiving plant to grow requiring little effort in terms ofplant care. It is best suited for a brightly lit spot away from direct sunlight and for the pot to be in semi-shade conditions. Compost should be kept moist at all time, and the plant should be misted regularly for optimal growth. When it comes to watering, liberally from spring to autumn and sparingly in winter. When it comes to propagation, cuttings can be taken from the stems.

Cyanotis somaliensis' growth varies depending on climate, such that in warm regions, it can be a groundcover, reaching low-growing of 2ft, while in colder regions, it may take the form of a small shrub, reaching 2-5 ft. With this said, when planting in cold regions, in addition to the care previously mentioned, some extra protection may be needed, such as mulching and additional layers for the pot when temperatures drop to make sure the plant receives enough warmth.





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