"Velvet Plant" Erect thick somewhat succulent stems (seldom branching, thus solitary) studded with large soft leaves with rich purple plush hairs if given very bright light; thus called also the "Purple Passion Tree." Resents summer heat; yet also intolerant of winter chill; thus, best grown in a warm winter greenhouse/conservatory situation. Definitely not a reliable houseplant nor an outstanding (predictable?) patio subject like the other species--but so unique and so potentially beautiful that we feel we do need to offer it to collectors who appreciate a good challenge. Not for the easily exasperated grower. The upright stems may topple with time or with sheer lack of backbone, so best to stake early on. The species name gives a firm clue as to the rayed flowers' hue.
Some of you grow only indoors, some only in terrariums; many of you have hobby greenhouses; while a growing number of customers live in subtropical or tropical areas of the world. These brief codes are an attempt to suggest whether or not a particular plant will do well in your particular conditions.
If an entry has the cluster HP CGH, this means normal house plant culture will be successful if the plant is given a cool CGH moist location; however if the entry has the cluster CGH HP, you would interpret this to suggest that while Cool Greenhouse conditions are needed for total success with this plant, House Plant conditions will be adequate, while not ideal. If the cluster is HH CGH you would interpret this to mean that while in Zone 8 or below this will be winter hardy outdoor, further north it will need considerable mulch, a cold frame, or a Cool Greenhouse to thrive. And so on.×