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Gynura arantiaca Purple velvet plant Umyung Compositae

Gynura  arantiaca Purple, velvet plant, Umyung


Gynura  arantiaca Purple, velvet plant, UmyungCommon name(s):
Purple velvet plant
Royal velvet plant
From Indonesia, this evergreen perennial or subshrub to 24 in (60 cm) high has weak, somewhat scrambling stems covered with purple hairs. The ovate, toothed leaves to 8 in (20 cm) long also have a downy covering of purple hairs. Clusters of narrow orange-yellow flowerheads are produced mainly in winter. ‘Purple Passion’ has more elongated or pendent stems and smaller, more jaggedly-toothed leaves that have reddish purple hairs on the underside. It is more popular as an indoor plant, often incorrectly named Gynura sarmentosa.
Hardiness zone from 10 To 12
Cultivation: Frost tender, they are suitable for growing outdoors only in tropical and subtropical areas where they need fertile, well-drained soil and some shade. Scrambling species will need some support for the stems. Tip prune regularly to encourage compact growth. Indoors use a good potting mix and keep moist during the growing season. Avoid wetting the foliage. Propagate from cuttings in late spring or summer.