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Episcia, Flame Violet
Episcia cupreata 'Pink Panther'

Family: Gesneriaceae (ges-ner-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Episcia (ee-PISH-ee-ah) (Info)
Species: cupreata (kew-pree-AH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Panther
Synonym:Achimenes cupreata

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Bronze-Green

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Veined

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

By simple layering

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:

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Homestead, Florida

Atwater, Ohio

Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Jun 28, 2004, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Leaves are fuzzy and glossy. Foliage alone makes this plant worth growing. The flowers are quite large and showy. In happy conditons, the plant will develope buds all over the plant and bloom non-stop for a long length of time.

Filtered light, constantly moist soil, water from bottom but don't let it sit in water for any lenth of time. Temps from 70-76 degrees seem to be ideal. Plants appreciate slight humidity but don't require it. Mine do fine and we have a significant lack of humidity.

Positive

On Jun 16, 2003, Ivywms from Atwater, OH wrote:

I first saw this plant at our local library, growing all over the book shelves. It was handed down from the grandmother of one of the employees. Anyone asking could have a plantlet.

Mine seems to like the southeast window, shaded by a tree in the afternoon. The library plants (floresent lighting) were
much paler and no blooms. Mine now has much richer color in the leaves and blooms continually, bright red flowers.

Positive

On Apr 6, 2003, docora from Medicine Park, OK wrote:

I have had this type plant and its offspring for many years, buying all that come to our local shops which has been few (2-4). In my readings they are considered a rare houseplant; another coloration is/was "chocolate soldier" in those green house cards popular many years ago.

A kiss of east sun seems to keep mine blooming, the leaves also get larger and darker. I use water soluable fertilizer to keep its flowers pink otherwise they tend to be orange. I also use a very good potting soil that is soft/spongy. My plant is now 39 inches long from the edge of the pot to the tip of the longest branch.

As for startings, just take a slip, root in water or plant, or layer in good soil, much easier than Africian Violets. I had mine outside one summer and the leave... read more