Basket Plant, Chain Plant, Inch Plant, False Bromeliad, Streaked False Bromeliad
Callisia fragrans 'Melnikoff'

Family: Commelinaceae (ko-mel-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Callisia (kal-LIZ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: fragrans (FRAY-granz) (Info)
Cultivar: Melnikoff

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Variegated

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Orlando, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Thonotosassa, Florida

Decatur, Georgia

Pepeekeo, Hawaii

Quebradillas, Puerto Rico

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 18, 2011, misskitty251 from Theodore, AL wrote:

This plant is also called the Family Doctor plant. According to another wedsite I found it on while trying to identify it, it has medicinal purposes. It has been studied in Russia for 20yrs. It says they use the leaves for headaches by chewing them. It goes on to tell you how many other vitamins and minerals it has. If you are interested in finding out more the website is http://goodstuff4you.ecrater.com/p/3943203/callisia-fragrans... Hope this helps. I am just glad to know what it is that a friend gave me and have also shared it with others.

Positive

On Jun 25, 2009, Dyalma from Thonotosassa, FL wrote:

Easy to care for and propagate. Especially beautiful in large (16") hanging baskets. Flowers with partial sun.