Columneas are native to tropical America and most grow as epiphytes. Even though there are 100-120 species of Columneas, only very few ‘pure’ species are cultivated. Hybrids are more popular. They are usually hardier and often have more striking features, such as larger, than the type. They are among the loveliest of plants for hanging containers, for the trailing with numerous are exceptionally attractive in such an arrangement. C. minor is native to Ecuador. It has longish-ovate, hairy . Single tubular flowers, thickly covered with carmine-red hairs, grow from the axils. They are produced over a period of nearly four months.
It requires a light, but not in direct sun. It grows best at a temperature of 20° C (68° F), but in summer it will tolerate even 30° C (86° F). In winter the temperature should be about 18°C (64° F). It requires a very high level of but should be watered only in moderation. Too much water causes the to drop. Feed during the growth period with organic fertilizer. Propagate by means of , taken with two pairs of leaves, or by means of .