Category: Perennials Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Height: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm) 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 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: Sun to Partial Shade Light Shade
Bloom Color: White/Near White
Bloom Time: Blooms all year Blooms repeatedly
Foliage: Grown for foliage
Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds This plant is suitable for growing indoors Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
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: From herbaceous stem cuttings
On Oct 9, 2012, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:
Very easy to keep..and in the San Francisco bay area will grow very fast as a shade ground cover-although it takes no foot traffic by man or dog or even cats. I found that it will reseed everywhere..in other potted plants-even as an epiphyte in baskets of Brom's or Tillandsia's outdoors.
Oh,and one thing...the variegation is easy to lose. They will revert to all green if in too much shade or not enough judicious pruning.
On Sep 19, 2012, jamic from Fredericksburg, TX wrote:
I discovered Gibasis Geniculata while tending my neighbor's garden this summer, affectionately referring to it as "kudzu" because it grows quickly & can be propagated by simply sticking a piece in the soil! Mine does best in full shade (the Central TX sun is too intense), with minimal watering (can easily be over-watered in summer heat). Does well in containers (w/ plenty of drainage) & as ground cover in shaded bed. I've since found smaller plants in 6-pk's @ my local nursery. A new favorite!
On May 24, 2009, kcviolet from Kansas City, MO wrote:
I bought this plant in a hanging basket for my mom (who lives with me) for Mother's Day last year. It did well on the porch all summer, then I moved it to a south facing sun room inside for the winter, where it became enormous. I moved it back to the porch in the spring and it started to die off. I figured it had outgrown it's pot and took it down to take some cuttings (root hormone and potting soil). Imagine my surprise to find five baby finches smack dab in the middle of it! The cuttings are growing (and so are the finches), which is a good thing, since I can't water it till they leave. Incidentally, when I moved it inside, I set the whole thing in a new oil collection pan (from the auto store) and watered it from the bottom. It loved that.
On Jan 30, 2007, Jeff30103 from Adairsville, GA wrote:
I placed it on my front porch in the summer and it did beautifully. Bloomed all summer long. I brought it in for the winter and it is in a middle room a use to store plants for the winter. I am pretty sure it is not dead there is a LOT of green on it but it looks semi-dormant.
On Oct 7, 2004, aangell from New London, CT wrote:
Just wanted to make a botanical error note. Gibasis geniculata is actually Gibasis pellucida. This is a common horticultural confusion made between the two. My reference is The New Royal Horticultural Society Dictionary of Gardening published in 1992.
It appears Gibasis pellucida: is a separate and distinct species, although there has been confusion between them in the past.
My husband and I had 2 of these plants hanging on the backdrop at our wedding in 1998. We gave one to my brother and he killed it, but we kept the other one and still have it today!!! It sometimes dies off quite a bit but I always bring it back. If you pick out the dead parts, a lot of times they will have a section on them that is not dead. If you pull the dead part off and replant the live part it will grow back. We love ours and they are beautiful plants to have indoors.
On Jan 5, 2004, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
My friend has this plant in Clearwater, FL. It grows up amongst her potted plants in the shade of an old Southern Cedar and hangs over the walls bordering her front yard. It has bloomed all year. I gave a neutral rating because it is considered invasive although my friend says it is easy to pull out when it comes up in the wrong spot
On Apr 13, 2003, fleurette from quebec Canada wrote:
Very easier to keep in house and growing fastly, very nice little flowers in spring and summer.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Hayward, California Bartow, Florida Cinco Bayou, Florida Clearwater, Florida Memphis, Florida Adairsville, Georgia Albany, Georgia West Baden Springs, Indiana Saucier, Mississippi Kansas City, Missouri St Peters, Missouri Greensboro, North Carolina Jamestown, North Carolina Arlington, Texas Desoto, Texas Dripping Springs, Texas Fredericksburg, Texas Kalama, Washington