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Chrysothemis pulchella, Copper Leaf

Chrysothemis pulchella

Copper Leaf
Family: Gesneriaceae
Origin: Panama, the West Indies, Brazil
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ft plantSemi-shadeShadeKeep soil moistYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersOrnamental foliagePlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plant

This deciduous plant is an excellent groundcover where it has to be kept low-growing, and it will reach no higher than 2ft. It's semi-shade tolerant and requires careful and attentive care. The Chrysothemis pulchella can be found native to Panama, the West Indies, and Brazil. It thrives in USDA Zone 10-11, but in colder areas, it must be grown in a pot in order to provide protection during winter months.

This tropical perennial is perfect for gardeners looking to add a splash of vibrant colors to their landscaping. It displays bright, ornamental foliage and beautiful flowers in shades of red, yellow, orange, and crimson. Its delicate blooms attract butterflies and hummingbirds as well, bringing a unique charm and ambiance to any outdoor space. The flowers are particularly eye-catching as each have a yellow corolla with red striping or spotting, and are about twice the length of the calyx.

Whether grown indoors or outdoors, it is essential to keep the soil moist at all times. Chrysothemis pulchella is hardy and can survive cool weather, but temperatures below 60F will cause the leaves and stems to vanish. The best position for it is a spot with plenty of filtered light and regular watering. All in all, this plant is an attention-grabbing addition for any garden and a wonderful choice for adorning any sunny or semi-shaded area in the garden.


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