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Striped Inchplant in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Callisia elegans

 

Striped Inchplant

Callisia is related to the Tradescantia family. It is a straggly, cascading, low-growing plant bearing a multitude of small green, fleshy leaves. In late autumn/winter, as watering slows down or ceases, the leaves become deep purple. Often grown as a houseplant in temperate climates as it is a native of tropical origin. They need a light shaded or bright room but not in direct sunshine. C. elegans is a succulent evergreen perennial of trailing habit, to 15cm tall, with dark olive green, elliptic leaves 6-8cm long, striped with white above, and rich purple beneath. Flowers are small, white, in terminal clusters.

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plant Features
  • Striped Inchplant likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Striped Inchplant likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Striped Inchplant is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Striped Inchplant likes moist and fertile

    Moist and fertile

 
plant information

Common name

Striped Inchplant

Latin name

Callisia elegans

type

Perennial

family

Commelinaceae

ph

6.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Striped Inchplant likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Striped Inchplant is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Striped Inchplant likes moist and fertile

    Moist and fertile

  • Water

    Striped Inchplant likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Striped Inchplant is 0.60meters x 0.15meters 0.60 M 0.15 M

Callisia elegans

Callisia is related to the Tradescantia family. It is a straggly, cascading, low-growing plant bearing a multitude of small green, fleshy leaves. In late autumn/winter, as watering slows down or ceases, the leaves become deep purple. Often grown as a houseplant in temperate climates as it is a native of tropical origin. They need a light shaded or bright room but not in direct sunshine. C. elegans is a succulent evergreen perennial of trailing habit, to 15cm tall, with dark olive green, elliptic leaves 6-8cm long, striped with white above, and rich purple beneath. Flowers are small, white, in terminal clusters.


Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Callisia require bright light, especially the variegated types. Keep them above 17C (63F), although they will survive down to a few degrees above freezing in winter. Re-pot small plants annually in spring, but large plants can be fed once a week instead of re-potting. Pinch out regularly to promote bushy growth. House plants are best replaced every two or three years.

 

Propogation by cuttings

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Callisia can easily be propagated by taking tip cuttings at any time of the year. Place in a tumbler of water until the cutting has rooted and then re-plant in fresh compost.

 
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