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Callisia repens

A tender evergreen perennial with a trailing habit, forming mats of branching stems that root at the nodes, with broadly ovate, slightly fleshy, pointed green leaves to 4cm long. Clusters of tiny white flowers are borne in the leaf axils of ascending stems in late spring and early summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer White Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Commelinaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Matforming, Trailing
Genus

Callisia are trailing or bushy evergreen perennials with slightly fleshy stems and leaves, and small, 3-petalled white or pink flowers

Name status

Correct

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How to grow

Cultivation

Can be grown outdoors where temperatures do not fall below 10°C in winter; more often grown in a hanging basket or container or as a houseplant. Grow in two parts John Innes No 2 and one part grit, in bright filtered light. Water freely in the growing season and apply a liquid fertiliser monthly

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings, by root cuttings, removing 6-7cm of the root tip in spring, or by division, removing rooted offsets. To produce dense coverage, pot up several cuttings in an 8cm container

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Sub-tropical
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
  • Ground cover
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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