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PlantFiles: Episcia, Flame Violet
Episcia cupreata 'Chocolate Soldier'

Family: Gesneriaceae (ges-ner-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Episcia (ee-PISH-ee-ah) (Info)
Species: cupreata (kew-pree-AH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Chocolate Soldier

Synonym:Achimenes cupreata

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

under 6 in. (15 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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 leaf 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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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cyndi0616 On Jun 4, 2007, cyndi0616 from Portland, OR wrote:

I enherrited this plant from my grandma when she died. It is now starting to flower for the first time in about 6 years.
it is in a sunny south facing window.

Positive Joy On Apr 30, 2006, Joy from Kalama, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I've grown this plant indoors in a north facing garden window above my kitchen sink for 5 or 6 years.
It's easy to grow and has been pest free.
It flowers for me every year and has a long blooming period. It does have the tendency to get a little ratty looking towards the end of the growing season but responds very well to pinching back. The pinched tips root very easy in water. It doesn't like water on it's leaves so be careful when watering to water the soil only.

Positive AusetOasis On Jul 11, 2005, AusetOasis from Cleveland, OH wrote:

Humidity: increase humility using water tray under plant
Fertility: about every 2 wks.
Temperature: temperature never went below 75 degrees
Soil: well-drained.
Watering: moist but not soggy
Light: placed in a room with southern and western windows, but plant is about 4 ft from window. Window has curtains.
Flowering: Never flower indoors. It flowered outdoors on the porch. Porch received the eastern light
Pests & Problems: I have not experience any problems or pests.


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

Athens, Alabama
Bella Vista, Arkansas
Pensacola, Florida
Nevada, Missouri
Dayton, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Roseburg, Oregon
Millersburg, Pennsylvania
Geronimo, Texas
Palmyra, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
Kalama, Washington

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