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Calissia elegans
Inch plant
Pacing Commeliaceae

Calissia elegans, Inch plant, Pacing


Calissia elegans, Inch plant, Pacing

This perennial native of Guatemala and the Honduras grows to a height of 6 in (15 cm) with a 3 ft (1 m) spread.
Its stemless white flowers appear from fall (autumn) to winter, and its oval, olive green leaves have white stripes and grow to 4 in (10 cm) in length.
Cultivation: Most callisias are very tough plants, almost as indestructible as tradescantias (wandering jews), and can be used as ground covers or grown in containers such as hanging baskets, either indoors or out.
They do best planted in a lightly shaded position in moist soil.
They may suffer from attack by scale insects and mealybug.
Propagate from cuttings or by division.