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Episcia cupreata

Common Name(s):
Flame violet
Category:
Perennials
Comment:

This herbaceous perennail from the Gesneriaceae family is commonly grown as houseplant.  It needs lots of bright, indirect light.  Leaves are oval green, with undersides flecked with copper and purple.  Blooms are red to orange with a yellow throat.  They are very attractive in hanging baskets and have a creeping habit.  Water moderately to keep the soil moist in the summer and seldom in the winter.  They need high humidity but do not tolerate water on their leaves.

Possible dieseases: fungal leafspots, stem blights and root rots

Possible insects: aphids, mealybugs

Cultural problems:  leaves scorch in full direct sun; die back occurs if too much water or too little air circulation, leaf margins turn brown from low humidity and too dry conditions

Height:
1 foot
Flower Color:
crimson red to orange with yellow throat
Exposure:
bright, indirect light
Soil:
well-drained potting soil
Origin:
Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil
Tags:
houseplant, bright light, hanging basket

NCCES plant id: 2912

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Maja Dumat, CC BY - 2.0
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Dick Culbert, CC BY - 2.0
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