Gynura aurantiaca 'Purple Passion'
velvet plant 'Purple Passion'
'Purple Passion' is a sprawling, woody-based, evergreen perennial to about 1m tall, though it can reach 3m if supported. The dark green leaves and stems are clothed in bright purple hairs, especially on the undersides. The thistle-like flowers are egg-yolk yellow, with a purple calyx, appearing mostly in winter
Ultimate height0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.5–1 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
|Winter||Purple Yellow||Green Purple|
- Partial shade
East–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
Gynura are evergreen perennials and sub-shrubs, some scrambling or trailing, with toothed leaves. The orange or yellow flowers have no ray florets
- Name status
How to grow
Grow indoors in a loam-based potting compost in bright, filtered light. Train up a support, or pinch out shoots to keep more compact and encourage new shoots
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Patio and container plants
May be cut back in spring or summer if getting too large
Generally disease free
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