Gynura sarmentosa – Gynura

Gynura is an unusual looking plant. The very hairy leaves change from green to purple in colour and it mixes well with other plants. The insignificant florets should be removed at the bud stage as they have an unpleasant smell.

Gynura sarmentosa - Gynura

Temperatures:

Throughout the year 18-20 °C (64-68 °F)

Soil: A soil-less compost.

Where to position: For best colour effect, in good light, not in full sun.

Watering requirements: Keep soil moist to thumb pressure. Slight humidity appreciated but not essential.

General care: Avoid spotting leaves with water. Cut off unsightly or straggly ones. Cuttings root easily; prepare some regularly to replace the parent plant. Remove flower buds; the flowers smell unpleasantly.

Rest: Replace plant with cuttings taken about every four months.

When it looks sick:

  • The purple colouring is poor : Give it more light.
  • The plant tends to smell badly : Remove flowers and buds; these are the cause. The plant is grown for its coloured foliage only.
  • Damaged or unsightly leaves : Usually caused by water droplets left on the leaves. Always shake them off.

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