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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

One vendor has this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Winter


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:

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

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive misskitty251 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 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 Dyalma 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.


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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