The Purple Velvet Plant, also known as Gynura aurantiaca, is a distinctive and exotic houseplant known for its unique texture and color. Its most striking feature is the rich purple hairs that cover its leaves and stems, giving the plant a velvety appearance. This plant typically has green leaves that are densely covered in purple hairs, which can range in shade from deep violet to bright purple. The Purple Velvet Plant is a conversation starter and a favorite among those looking to add a touch of the unusual to their indoor plant collection.
Caring for the Purple Velvet Plant requires attention to several factors. The most common issue is leaf drop, which can be caused by overwatering or underwatering. Yellowing leaves may indicate overwatering, while dry, crispy leaves suggest underwatering or low humidity. If the vibrant purple color starts to fade, it might need more light. However, direct sunlight can scorch the delicate leaves, so it's important to find a balance. Regularly check for pests such as spider mites or aphids. This plant enjoys high humidity, so misting or a pebble tray can help maintain the right environment.
Mature Height: 1-2 feet
Mature Spread: 1-2 feet
Foliage Color: Multicolored
Garden Styles: Houseplant
Pet Friendly: No
Sunlight: Indirect, Bright - within 2-3' of a window
Watering Needs: Allow the top of the soil to dry before watering
Fertilizer: Every 4-6 weeks
Humidity Level: High (a humidifier must be in the room)
Temperature: 65-75 F
Care Level: Green Thumb (plants require a little effort)