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Episcia cupreata 'Silver Sheen'

flame violet 'Silver Sheen'

An evergreen, low-growing perennial usually grown as a houseplant with creeping stems bearing oval, wrinkled, variegated pale green to silvery leaves marked with bronze towards the margins. Funnel-shaped, red flowers appear intermittently from spring into autumn

Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red Bronze Grey Silver
Summer Red Bronze Grey Silver
Autumn Red Bronze Grey Silver
Winter Bronze Grey Silver
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Gesneriaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Trailing, Bushy
Name status

Unresolved

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow as a houseplant on an east or west-facing windowsill, or grow in a temperate or warm greenhouse in bright filtered light with shade from hot sun; a minimum temperature of 15°C is required. Water sparingly as compost dries in winter and in the growing season water freely allowing compost to dry out between waterings; feed fortnightly with a high-potassium fertiliser

Propagation

Propagate by stem cutting, by division or removing rooted runners

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids, glasshouse leafhoppers, mealybugs, Thrips, vine weevil and tarsonemid mite

Diseases

May be susceptible to basal rot and grey moulds if overwatered

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