Gynura (Purple Passion)- Starter Plant, PERENNIAL VINE
Gynura (Purple Passion) was originally discovered on the island of Java in Indonesia. Its unique leaves sports fuzzy hairs that give it a purple glow, and its trailing habit makes it an excellent choice for combination pots or hanging baskets. The interesting foliage has kept Purple Passion in constant use as a houseplant for over 200 years despite the odor of its blossom. Leaves are typically 2 inches wide and 4 inches long. Gynura can also be used as annual bedding plants.
The purple passion plant, also known as velvet plant or gynura, appears to have purple leaves from the thick hairs. As the plant ages, the hairs spread further apart and the color is not as intense. Most purple passion houseplants remain attractive for two to three years.
Purple passion plant grows best in medium or bright light and when the soil is kept moist, but not wet. It tolerates dry soil relatively well, so if you forget to water it every now and again, you don't have to worry about it dying. But, this unique houseplant looks best if given a regular supply of water.
If you'd like to keep your purple passion plant more compact, pinch off the ends of the new growth. This will cause it to develop more branches and grow more shrubby than like a vine.