There are more than 60 species of these annuals and evergreen
perennials that occur in tropical Asia and Papua New Guinea.
They are strictly for warm-temperate and tropical gardens, where
their excellent foliage forms and colors make them very valuable as
Although not a major feature, their flowers are held in terminal
Cultivation: Species of Hemigraphis enjoy good light, though not
direct sun, and moist, well-drained soil.
Water well in summer.
Propagate from cuttings.
This creeping or trailing perennial has wonderful foliage of
ivy-like, heart-shaped or oblong, deeply puckered, metallic,
purplish gray leaves with wine red undersides and stems.
The white summer flowers hardly show at all.
Red ivy can be grown as a colorful ground cover.
Flowering colors: White