Mystery Callisia

Opp, AL(Zone 8b)

Hardy here, white flowers, waxy leaves, plain green on front and back, readily roots and shoots at nodes. The flowers were blooming late Sept./early Oct, ground plants bloomed at a similar time. Prefers & grows faster in shade but will abide full sun. TIA!

More pics when not in flower:

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Opp, AL(Zone 8b)

I've looked at Callisias until I'm cross-eyed! What about C. monandra?

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

I think C. monandra is a good possibility. See what you think here:

Opp, AL(Zone 8b)

Hi, thanks for your response. That's what it keeps getting called but the C. repens I have is different in many ways, such as the leaves are purple on the back, the nodes are mm's apart, not about an inch, where it's more likely to start growing a chunk instead of continuing as a vine in perpetuity, the leaves are shorter and rounder, usually with purple dots, it has never flowered, grows more slowly in the same pot or exposure, disappears for winter and struggles to come back, definitely not evergreen.

Here is the other plant.

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Keaau, HI

Callisia repens changes form with growing conditions.

My plants have had purple backed leaves in drier conditions. Greener in moister conditions. More compact in direct Sun; more stretched out in more shade.

Opp, AL(Zone 8b)

When I put both plants in the same pot, they remain distinctly different. Same thing when they are together in the ground. Both plants continue their different growth patterns. I have had both plants in various places for a while, about 3 years.

Opp, AL(Zone 8b)

Is that much variation possible within a species...? I don't even know...

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