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Flame Violet Episcia cupreata

Description

This herbaceous perennial from the Gesneriaceae family is commonly grown as a houseplant.  It needs lots of bright, indirect light and well-drained potting soil.     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.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Insect pests include aphids, mealybugs.  Fungal leafspots, stem blights, and root rots occasionally occur.  Leaves scorch in full direct sun; dieback occurs if too much water or too little air circulation, leaf margins turn brown from low humidity and too dry conditions

Quick ID Hints:

  • Flowers are solitary, red to orange, funnel-shaped
  • Stems are creeping, stoloniferous, hirsute
  • Leaves are decussate, with pale midribs & purple undersides

Evergreen subtropical herb to 10 cm, creeping and stoloniferous. 

Desired for its variegated leaves and bright carotenoid flowers; distinguished from Saintpaulia by the formation of stolons and the decussate leaf arrangement; used as desk top plant, hanging baskets and ground covers in interiorscapes.

Prefers interior settings with medium light, moist soil and medium to high relative humidity; intolerant of constant cold drafts or dry air; Pest/disease problems.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#red#tropical#showy flowers#houseplant#orange#container plant#bright light#high maintenance#hanging baskets#herbaceous#delicate#small flowers#humidity#fantz#heavy sahde
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#red#tropical#showy flowers#houseplant#orange#container plant#bright light#high maintenance#hanging baskets#herbaceous#delicate#small flowers#humidity#fantz#heavy sahde
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Episcia
    Species:
    cupreata
    Family:
    Gesneriaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Houseplant
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Creeping
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12a, 12b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Description:
    Crimson red to orange with yellow throat, blooms seasonally. olitary, red to orange, to 6 cm long; corolla salverform, villous, Spurred at base, 5-lobed, with yellow ring at throat.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Orange
    Purple/Lavender
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Oval green, with undersides flecked with copper and purple. Opposite, simple, decussate, ovate, acute, cordate to rotund, slightly bullate, dark green with paler midrib, purple underneath.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stolons hirsute, to 19.5", readily rooting.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Houseplants
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Humidity