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Plant Identification: Mystery Callisia

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purpleinopp
Opp, AL
(Zone 8b)

April 25, 2013
8:59 AM

Post #9496694

Hardy here, white flowers, waxy leaves, plain green on front and back, readily roots and shoots at nodes. The flowers were blooming late Sept./early Oct, ground plants bloomed at a similar time. Prefers & grows faster in shade but will abide full sun. TIA!

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purpleinopp
Opp, AL
(Zone 8b)

April 26, 2013
5:10 AM

Post #9497598

I've looked at Callisias until I'm cross-eyed! What about C. monandra?

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

April 29, 2013
10:33 AM

Post #9501255

I think C. monandra is a good possibility. See what you think here: http://www.conabio.gob.mx/malezasdemexico/commelinaceae/callisia-monandra/fichas/pagina1.htm

Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


April 29, 2013
1:23 PM

Post #9501476

Looks like Callisia repens.

http://www.starrenvironmental.com/images/image/?q=010213-9001&o=plants

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purpleinopp
Opp, AL
(Zone 8b)

April 30, 2013
8:35 AM

Post #9502627

Hi, thanks for your response. That's what it keeps getting called but the C. repens I have is different in many ways, such as the leaves are purple on the back, the nodes are mm's apart, not about an inch, where it's more likely to start growing a chunk instead of continuing as a vine in perpetuity, the leaves are shorter and rounder, usually with purple dots, it has never flowered, grows more slowly in the same pot or exposure, disappears for winter and struggles to come back, definitely not evergreen.

Here is the other plant.

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Metrosideros

Metrosideros
Keaau, HI


April 30, 2013
6:50 PM

Post #9503387

Callisia repens changes form with growing conditions.

My plants have had purple backed leaves in drier conditions. Greener in moister conditions. More compact in direct Sun; more stretched out in more shade.
purpleinopp
Opp, AL
(Zone 8b)

May 1, 2013
11:07 AM

Post #9504233

When I put both plants in the same pot, they remain distinctly different. Same thing when they are together in the ground. Both plants continue their different growth patterns. I have had both plants in various places for a while, about 3 years.
purpleinopp
Opp, AL
(Zone 8b)

May 3, 2013
7:09 AM

Post #9506505

Is that much variation possible within a species...? I don't even know...

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