Basket Plant Information – How To Grow Callisia Plants


By: Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Has gardening left you bruised and aching? Just hobble to the medicine cabinet and rub your pain away with Callisia basket plant oil. Not familiar with Callisia basket plants? Read on to learn more about their use as an herbal remedy and how to grow Callisia plants.

Basket Plant Information

Hardy in zone 10 and higher, basket plants (Callisia fragrans) can be found growing as a shady ground cover in tropical locations. There they are commonly called “inch plants” because of how they inch along the ground, rooting wherever their plantlets come into contact with soil. This Callisia plant is native to Mexico and South America.

In cooler climates, Callisia basket plant is more commonly grown as a houseplant in hanging baskets. You can purchase it in greenhouses, sometimes under the names chain plant or just basket plant. Callisia does very well as a houseplant because it does not require much light to grow. However, the more light it gets, the more purple the foliage will be. Too much light, though, can scorch it.

How to Grow Callisia Plants

Callisia comes from the Latin words for beautiful lily. Though Callisia looks like a lily or a bromeliad and grows like a spider plants, it is actually in the wandering jew family and is just as easy to grow and care for these plants.

Like spider plant, Callisia basket plant sends out plantlets that can easily be snipped off and planted to propagate new plants. Its foliage feels rubbery and it has small, white, very fragrant flowers.

Callisia plant care is minimal. Simply hang a basket of the plant in low to medium light. Water every 2-3 days. During spring, summer and fall, fertilize basket plants with a regular 10-10-10 fertilizer monthly. In the winter, stop fertilizing and water less frequently.

Growing Callisia Plants for Health

As with many houseplants, basket plant purifies indoor air pollutants. In addition, all parts of the plant are edible and used in herbal remedies. The mature leaves can be snipped right off the plant and chewed to relieve stomach and digestive issues. Callisia is a natural antibiotic, antibacterial, and antioxidant.

In Russia, Callisia leaves are infused in vodka and used as a tonic for skin problems, colds, heart problems, cancer, varicose veins, upset stomachs, and inflammation from arthritis. The leaves can also be infused in wine or dried for teas. Oil infused with Callisia is used as a muscle or joint rub, and also good for bruises and varicose veins.

Try growing a Callisia basket plant as a beautiful houseplant and don’t forget to stock up your medicine cabinet with its homemade oils and tonics.

Disclaimer: The contents of this article is for educational and gardening purposes only. Before using or ingesting ANY herb or plant for medicinal purposes, please consult a physician or a medical herbalist for advice.

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Callisia Species, Basket Plant, Chain Plant, Inch Plant

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater

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USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

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May be a noxious weed or invasive

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From herbaceous stem cuttings

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Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Brooksville, Florida(3 reports)

Sarasota, Florida(2 reports)

Zephyrhills, Florida(2 reports)

Gardeners' Notes:

On Jan 21, 2017, mrsroadrunner from Madras, OR wrote:

I received this plant from a elderly lady some 7 years ago and her main plant was her mothers, quickly it jumped out of the container I had it in and that is all she wrote!
I kept it going all these years for I like the colors of it. Mind you growing everywhere I started chopping it back throwing it out where it did not take hold here in the high desert, constantly controlling it inside the greenhouse! I never had it bloom and never thought it did since the lady I got this plant from called it something else (she called this a mexican basket plant and grew it outside). so I never looked it up. One of these has been blooming now for a good month,omg it smells so good!! To me it smells like cinnamon.
I do question the height these are reported to get because we would joke . read more that it was a mini corn stalk - they are monsters in the greenhouse!!
If we lived in a tropical climate I would fear this plant could get out of complete control taking over everything and in time killing everything else.
If you are willing to control this plant, it is well worth it when it flowers!

On Mar 29, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council has listed this species as a Category ll invasive. It can damage functioning habitat and reduce species diversity.

Please be careful how you dispose of this houseplant if you live in Florida.

On Oct 27, 2012, melanie81 from Lancashire,
United Kingdom wrote:

I received a Callisia Fragrans plant two days ago and yesterday bought good compost and put the plant into a pot with the compost. Very sadly today three of the leaves have begun drying at the ends and they are now shriveling up(!) I gave it some water but didn't go overboard with the watering because I know they can die quite easily. It's getting enough light and is indoors and in moist compost.

I don't really know what else I can do to save it and am certain that it's gradually dying. Can anyone help?

On Jun 11, 2012, purpleinopp from Opp, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I love this plant, at first, then it starts looking like I need to do something to it. I know I don't, but it's just very unkempt and completely random in appearance. If you like to multiply your plants, get some pots ready for this one! This plant is invasive INSIDE, crawling/falling into nearby pots, and causing little voices in your head that urge you to stick a piece in pots with other plants, to fill the "empty spot." I think the flowers smell awesome! One of the flower stalks got broken by the wind so I stuck it in a jar of water. The flowers still open some days, months later, and it has formed roots and several new shoots. The purple color seems almost arbitrary on my plant(s,) not always doing it in full sun or in shade. Inch plant as a common name must refer to how fast i. read more t grows daily.

On Feb 5, 2011, swedienne from Gothenburgh,
Sweden wrote:

Hello everybody! I live in Sweden and I am looking for this plant but canґt find it here. Is there anybody who can send me seeds or a small plant? Send me an e-mail if you can to [email protected] so we can make some kind of agreement about how to to it. Regards Maria

On May 15, 2010, gray_53 from Mcdonough, GA wrote:

A relative of mine calls it Grandfather's Pipe (a much more fitting name than Basket Plant, don't you think!)

On Oct 15, 2009, fix766 from Holiday, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

A coworker who is from Russia has just passed on some cuttings of this plant to me. She told me several stories of it's medicinal uses in Russia. Her grandmother has long made elixirs by adding leaves to Vodka and stores them for use. They also milk the sap from leaves and stems. My coworker had been diagnosed several years ago with precancer cells and internal cysts. Her mother gave her an elixir every day for six months. On her next visit to the doctors the cysts were gone as well as the precancer cells.
My friend also gives bits of the leaves to her cat and it has cured it's urinary problems.

On Aug 31, 2009, GardenDetectives from Saint Peters, MO wrote:

Thanks to all who have provided information on this plant. The lady who gave it to me called it Texas Jew and I have never been able to find it again in Missouri. My friend plants it in an old wheel barrel and I have a broken fountain with a large bowl which sits high on a pedastal and fill it with this plant. The babies drape over the large bowl and look very cool. I'm not a very good propigator but this one even roots for me in water where I keep it all winter in a sunny window and move back outside each summer. Next time I share it will be nice to be able to provide the name and data. You guys are the best!

On Mar 31, 2009, texastalley from Johnson City, TX wrote:

I just found out today the actual name of this plant!! About 3 years ago, a member of our local garden club brought it to our annual plant sale. I remembered it immediately as being a plant my grandmother always had around but I had not seen it for years. No one ever knew the name of it, but now thanks to the DG plant id service, I can now tell everyone what it is. I just love this plant. It's so easy to grow and to start new ones. Every year now I have at least 10 hanging baskets of this attention getting plant to donate to our sale. and the customers love it.

On Mar 29, 2009, msorganic from Dale, TX wrote:

This is a very old, passalong plant. I grew it commercially in hanging baskets back in the 1990's and never had enough. My retail nursery customers often said it was one of the most unusual plants of this variety they had ever seen. When customers did remember it, it was mostly from a grandmother's garden or some other long-forgotten memory. The flowers smell like honey and last a long time, closing in the evening and opening again during the day. My mother grew it in her garden in zone 8. It died back in winter but always came back in spring. Delightful plant!!

On Feb 20, 2008, plantladylin from (Zone 1) wrote:

I received a couple of pups of this plant in my very first trade here on DG. This plant has grown fast and produces new little "pups"during the summer months! Everything I read stated the flowers were fragrant and I was very disappointed when mine began blooming and I could not detect any fragrance whatsoever. It's been blooming now for a couple of weeks and today when I happened to be out on my deck, I detected a faint sweet fragrance coming from somewhere. Lo and behold, it was the Callisia fragrans! Very nice! Seems the fragrance comes as the blooms age.

On Oct 15, 2007, eltrow from Lynnwood, WA wrote:

This plant is nutritionally beneficial . Russians have been cultivating it for 40-50 yrs and eating as a nutritional supplement and immune boost. I have used it when headaches approach with much success. Chewing the leaves and runners till only fiber remains. Not an unpleasant taste, can be added to salads.

On Aug 10, 2006, heathersplants from Broken Arrow, OK wrote:

I have been propegating this plant for years not knowing what it is. I lived in Memphis TN and now Tulsa OK. It grows wonderfully indoors or out in both areas. So glad to finally know what it is called. However I cannot get mine to bloom. I rescued it from a greenhouse where it had been tossed underneath a bench and was spreading like a weed. They were going to throw it out so I salvaged what I could and one piece had remnants of bloom.

How can I get it to bloom again?

On Jul 5, 2006, podster from Deep East Texas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Pretty succulent. Too big to look good in a hanging basket. Puts on many runners and new plants. Best to discard the old plant and start a new one as the old plant gets "tired" looking. Mine bloomed freely but fragrance was a disappointment as were the blooms.

On May 25, 2006, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a Category II Exotic Pest Plant in central and southern Florida. If you want to grow it, please keep it off the ground in a hanging planter. It almost took over my yard when I first planted it. Fortunately it is fairly easy to pull up. I still haven't gotten rid of all of it. I don't think you can kill it unless you pull it up and throw it in a burn barrel. HaHa.

On May 24, 2006, onalee from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Very easy to grow, great for a tropical feel around a pool, paito or deck.

On May 15, 2005, mkjones from Aurora, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Not the necessarily LOVELIEST plant. although, in sun, takes on a lovely purplish tinting/mottling. I simply like plants that propagate themselves--fascinating. This is for someone who loves broms or green foliage houseplants. Now, if/when mine ever blooms, may have to up it to "Positive!"

Nifty plant. Just not a favorite.

On Oct 29, 2004, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

I've had this plant for two years now and it's amazing.

DO NOT let it get loose if you are in an area w/o a hard freeze though.

Here I over-winter small plants, taken from the runners, indoors.

Come Spring place it anywhere a Bromeliad would look good.
(It's not a Brom but you will not be able to tell unless you're up close.)

It creates a very tropical look.
It will root anywhere, brick patio, mid-air, ground. if there's moisture or humidity it roots!
I have even tucked it in some compost/sphagnum baskets tied to tree branches for a jungle affect..


By Fall the original plants reach about 24" w/ a 12" spread.
Usually there are a dozen or so 3' runners/plant w/ 3-6 plants/ru. read more nner.
It will root from every node.

As I said be VERY careful if you're zone 7/8 up!

On Oct 22, 2004, CanALilyToo from Houston, TX wrote:

I have had my plant for a year. It was found on a ditch in Houston, Texas. I love that this plant is all over the place. I love sharing plants and this one is easy to grow. I haven't had a bloom yet, but I just discovered what this plant was today.

On Mar 8, 2004, thymekiller from Aransas Pass, TX wrote:

I have had mine for about 2 months.It was given to me by a friend, who also wasnt sure exactly what it was. A month ago, it began to produce a flower stalk. It has yet to flower, but it wont be much longer now. Perhaps now that I know what it is, i can care for it a bit better. It appears to thrive on neglect. I will post a pic when it flowers.

On Jan 4, 2004, nipajo from Dallas, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I had put in a comment about this plant before but did not have a picture to go with it. I have this plant all over the place. I was told it was called scottish broom. I do not think that they knew what they were talking about though. This plant never stops putting out runners or new plants. I have put it in the ground this year to see if it would come back, but I will just have to wait. When it is exposed to the sun for any length of time it turns a pale green. But when it is in the dappled shade it produces a light purple to it's leaves. It does appear to look like a bromeliad but does not grow like it at all. I have it for several years and never have seen a bloom on it. It thrives on neglect. In any soil, but looks best in a hanging basket.
nipajo

On Jan 5, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant thrives in hanging containers, continually putting out new shoots on runners that can be separated and planted. Bright sun brings out the best color, but the plant thrives in shade, also. It can be planted directly into the ground in late spring, and by mid-summer will have formed a good groundcover. It dies at a killing frost, however. It is very easy to over-winter.

It is considered to be an invasive alien in some states but this is only a problem in areas that get little winter chill.


Callisia Speces, Bolivian Jew, Turtle Vine, Chain Plant, Inch Plant

Family: Commelinaceae (ko-mel-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Callisia (kal-LIZ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: repens (REE-penz) (Info)
Synonym:Hapalanthus repens
Synonym:Spironema robbinsii
Synonym:Tradescantia minima

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Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater

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USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

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Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Brooksville, Florida(3 reports)

Prosperity, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

On Oct 6, 2018, toffeepops from Manila,
Philippines wrote:

I bought a hanging basket of this and was told it's called an "afro plant". We hung it in a partially shaded area and only watered it when it looked a little limp and it grew happily during April rains in the summer. After a few months it suddenly looked sickly - the new leaves that grew were smaller and the stems were thin. I cut a handful of healthy looking stems and propagated them in tiny hanging plastic pots. I noticed they love the sun and grew better in loamy soil. The medium it was planted on when I bought it was a bit sandy and had a little peat so I changed it all into loam. It also lives even with a little sprinkle of soil on top of it or even if you just lay it on top of the soil. Just throw a finger length cutting on top of a pot and it will perk up the next day trying to fin. read more d the source of light. My country is very humid but I still mist the leaves almost everyday so they wont dry out.

I had a bell pepper plant that I was fertilizing with a weak solution high nitrogen fertilizer because it has very few leaves and didnt notice that a tiny cutting of the bolivian jew fell into the pot. I guess the high nitrogen fertilizer also helped and made the cutting healthy it grew so fast densely as a lovely ground cover.

On Aug 10, 2015, Anton15 from Hong Kong,
Hong Kong wrote:

I have this growing as a ground cover in a large Thai pot, full sun and am delighted. It covers thickly in a lovely even mat. All I do is trim the edges to keep it in exactly the shape I want. I found it was growing poorly in the beginning so began watering more, everyday and it took off. Just feel it, if its turgid its OK if its a bit soft and lax it needs water. It also does fine without water for a few weeks, picking up immediately you do water again. Our high humidity keeps it happy if Im away and no one gets to watering it. In drier climates this might not work.

I bought another one which is a whitish pink, it doesn't seem to be quite as happy, slower growing, could be the soil in that spot is not acidic enough as it just sits there.

A big plus about thi. read more s plant Callisia repens is that reptiles love it. Tortoises, bearded dragons, Iguanas anything that likes plant matter love it. Its meant to be extremely good for them too as its packed with the right minerals and more importantly the calcium phosphorus ratio is spot on and its low in protein. A bit of a super food for reptiles. So you cant over do it as a feed. I have tortoises so when I trim the edges I just throw the bunch into the tortoise area and they eat it it all not one tiny fragment remains. I've tried growing it in there but they destroy it in five minutes eating all of it in one sitting, pulling it up to get every bit roots soil and all.

Oddly enough insects and slugs etc seem to leave it alone entirely (touch wood).

The more sun the more tidier and compact it grows for me. I tried it in the shade as a ground cover and it petered out, looking scrawny and thin, in the sun it looks like a hedge its so dense. Again we have high humidity so I think it can take more sun here. I would like it to do well in the shade for me but it just wont. Think it needs a good few hours direct sun to be at its best.

It responds over night to fertiliser almost appearing to double in size. I use a very weak solution once a week of high nitrogen low phosphorus and high potassium with trace elements, calcium and mag, a teaspoon to 5litres. I do this when I feed the Cattleya orchids which need the same fert. I spray it on drenching the leaves through to the roots, I also use a sticker which makes the fert stick to the leaves. This feeding makes the plant thick, shiny and turgid, growing in a very tidy manner. I think high nitrogen alone would make it lanky and thin.

It seems to love moist places but not standing water, my pot has drainage gravel beneath a thick layer of acidic soil and leaf mould, originally I had used this pot for water plants, but after puncturing a tiny hole in the side it is now used for moisture loving plants. The pot also has an unglazed bottom covered in moss so the water percolates out like sweat keeping the soil cool as it evaporates.

I heard it gives you a rash but I've not had any problems and I am highly sensitive. I start sneezing the minute I touch any plant and my nose begins to run and my eyes water. So I think it depends on the individual either you are allergic to it or not, same with animals some dogs are highly allergic others not at all. Having said that I wear cheap disposable cotton gloves when gardening and never use them twice.

For me its never been a pest and hasn't colonised other areas on its own, though having read some of the post above Im thinking of dropping a few bits here and there to see. Would give me more to feed the trotises with.

On Mar 9, 2014, Ren12 from Gold Coast ,
Australia wrote:

Do not get this plant if you are a dog owner!! We have spent $600 on vet bills trying to work out why our dogs had sores all over their backs, only to discover it was an allergy to this plant. We had 2 hanging baskets of it in the area that they slept. If you do not have dogs, it is very easy to grow.

On Jun 25, 2013, Camillia84 from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have been using this plant, as a ground cover for over ten years. Yes---if kept unchecked, will overrun low growing plants, but the nice thing about it----fills in the beds without having to use mulch & not too many weeds will grow through it!
If it tends to get a little out of hand, it's easy to just yank out handfuls of it to keep it under control.
Very fast growing plant, sun or shade. Beautiful in hanging pots.
I use it to soften the edges of my flower gardens from the walkways between them & problem spots, where I can't grow grass---such as under my citrus trees!

On Mar 25, 2013, humbledoc from Houston, TX wrote:

About a dozen years ago I was given a container with several plants by someone moving to NH. Only one item survives. I was told it was Bavarian Jew. Kool. My father was Bavarian, and my maternal grandfather was Jewish. But now I know it's Bolivian Jew. Thanks. I have moved twice since then and just a few sprigs were all that was needed to continue having this plant, in hanging planters and as a ground cover. Neat!

On Apr 23, 2011, Naturalmum from Ipswich,
Australia wrote:

Hi all
I have this little fellow. Yes it looks great in a pot and around the base of a tree or shrub, but just be VERY firm with it. It withstands drought, flood and smothering. When it is removed it takes whatever it is growing on, be it pebbles, mulch, manure, anything, and leaves bare earth. It smothers anything low growing. I recently reclaimed a garden and found orchids, bromeliads and irises growing(poorly) under it. And yes, the tiniest bit will grow! Also it can irritate dogs skin.

It is a case of grower beware!

On Nov 14, 2010, Kalpavriksha from Sarasota, FL wrote:

This pernicious weed jumped into my champaca tree bed (which also has subtropical flowering shrubs and flowering annuals) . Once you have this you'll never get rid of it. While I've not noticed flowers this must return from seed each year. The slightest piece will take root.
The plant is interesting with the compact growth and purplish leaf back color but has become invasive like a dandelion up north.
If you have the choice to grow this in Florida, don't!

On Oct 30, 2010, tvksi from Paris, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

Traded busy-gardener for the B Jew to replace some lost years ago. love the little booger. Its versitility is amazing, as noted by above members. She sent me a generous pkg and it is growing hand over fist in several containers. I usually allow wild Oxalis or Creeping Charlie to grow in the big potted pants as a live mulch but will be adding this to some of them.

On Apr 17, 2010, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This wonderful little Jew has had many a place to live in and about our home. It asks but a decent pot of soil and watering. With good drainage, an excellent choice for potted plants.

Very easy to propagate. Yank up a blob, plop it into another pot and scoot soil over the top. I've started many little pieces in pots with other plants just so it will hang over the side. As someone else mentioned above, a mere snipping with the scissors and it will burst into shape. Lovely. Looks stunning when kept short and tidy.

Easy plant for those who think they have a brown thumb.

On Nov 27, 2008, podster from Deep East Texas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Although this makes a pretty potted plant, I want to offer a word of advice for those living in a temperate climate.
I am in zone 8a and find if this plant escapes, it will root freely and overwinter.
Pieces ended up in a flower bed this summer and even with heat, drought and neglect, managed to choke out some other plants, including the catnip.
I have reservations about it.

On Apr 4, 2008, wormfood from Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have this plant, thought it was a bridal veil. My Koi, snails, chickens, bob white all eat it.

On Sep 19, 2007, countrynest from Belleview, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Also known as "Brazilian Jew" and "Honeycomb".Nice green/purple combination.Can be planted as air plants on logs and rocks. Can be use in combinations with Bromeliads.

On May 15, 2007, TheifNite from Pineville, LA wrote:

I have really enjoyed this plant. I found it in an AMAZING hanging basket at our annual nursery festival. I was really drawn to it's small foliage It has done really well in sun or shade. It is very easy to grow. Be careful with this as a hanging plant. After reading some of the previous posts of how easily it takes root, I took a look at the ground under my basket and. sure enough. The pieces that have broken off were beginning to take off! Since disovering this fact, I have really enjoyed literally tosing pieces here and there just to see if it will grow. =) I usually remember where I have done this and check after about a week. So far, it's been sucessful almost everywhere. And then there are the times that I come across places that I have tossed and accidentally forgotten. I. read more t is then that I learn how fast it can multiply. Dangerous little game. Bolivian Jew is somewhat of the bunny rabbit of the plant world.
Break off a few pieces and share with others. It's a fast grower so kids may like it. Hanging baskets. moisture keepers in taller container plants. beautiful ground cover.
extremely versitle! Enjoy.

On Mar 1, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Bolivian Jew, Turtle Vine Callisia repens is Native to Texas and other States.

On Oct 27, 2006, plantladylin from (Zone 1) wrote:

This plant is VERY easy to grow! In my experience it doesn't require much care at all. I originally got this plant many years ago in a hanging basket which I mistakenly hung in a tree in my yard, where small pieces fell to the ground and took root . I have thrown so much away, it isn't funny. At least it is very easy to pull up! I still have a huge bed of it that has taken over. Makes a nice ground cover in some spots. Unfortunately, it has taken over one of my beds and covered all the low plants in that area! For hanging basket plants, it is perfect! I have never fertilized mine and it grows in full sun as well as full shade. Very care-free plant!

On Nov 3, 2005, cactus_lover from FSD,
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

Creeping stems forming matsglabrous,variable leaves to 4 cm long and 1-2 cm widespike-like inflorescencesmall white flowers.

On Aug 10, 2005, fbsmith3 from Worcester, MA wrote:

I have had this plant for a few years, not knowing what it is. I bought it for a dollar at Walmart, it was very sickly looking and I felt sorry for it.

I let it grow out and forgot to turn it, so, all of it's vines were on one side. My wife said it was very ugly.

Due to my wifes persitance I cut it all back so it is even on all sides. It has been a month and it looks beautiful. Although small it looks the best ever.
The part I cut off, I threw in the Compost pile and It is still alive, I think I have to tranfer it to another pot.

On Feb 1, 2003, vroomp from Marietta, GA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant will grow anywhere you drop a piece as long as it is over 50° and gets occasional water. I have grown this as an annual groundcover for several years just by keeping a few sprigs going through the winter in my greenhouse.

It multiplies and spreads extremely fast creating a luxurious mat of green and purple leaves. It is aslo usefull to keep those potted plants from drying out as it will form a thick mat at the base of taller plants. It also makes excellent hanging baskets that can hang as much as 3' in a single season. Propagation is easy. Simply lay a few small sprigs in moist soil, watering regularly. Roots form in days, and plant spreads out and thickens within 30 days to fill a 10" pot.

Don't over-water as it is a succulent, but mist hanging. read more baskets to keep trailers from drying out in hot climates. As a ground-cover Callisia repens seldom gets more than 6" tall. Strange as it seems this plant is related to Tradescantia (Spiderwort)


Lovely Plant for Hanging Basket: Callisia Elegans

Callisia is a genus of low growing plants with delicate and lovely foliage. Native to dry climate of Mexico,these sprawling plants server as excellent ground covers for dry as well as moderate climates where they are protected from long spells of freeze and frost.

Most species in this genus produce velvety, green leaves and small white flowers. The most popular and easy to maintain plant from this genus is Callisia Elegans. It can be grown easily in beds or in hanging pots. The plant produces olive-green leaves with purple edges. This ornamental plant requires a moist soil at all times and performs very well when grown under partial shade. Fertilize regularly and repot every spring in a rich but well-drained soil mix.

Though popular for its beautiful foliage, Callisia Elegans produces small yet beautiful and fragrant flowers of white color. Propagation is done from cuttings or divisions.

Common name of Callisia Elegans is Inch Plant.

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The plant is native to Mexico but is commonly grown in Southern parts of America and in West Indies. It is naturally found in hills of Southern USA and some parts of Asia. It needs warm weather to grow healthy and to its full size. But this does not mean you cannot grow callisia in little cooler parts of the country like South California.

In bright light, leaves lay down like they are protecting the stem from sun rays. In a partially sunny location, they stand upright and resembles a Dracaena.

Its stems get affected by the root rot because when the plant grows big in size. The roots also grow and touch the soil of the pot. Due to continuously touching the wet soil they get affected by fungus disease.

Callisia fragrans is also called the octopus plant because it develops runner stems. Later it forms a cluster of leaves on them. You can cut them and grow another Callisia fragrans.

If exposed to sharp sun rays the leaves of the plant turn purple in color. But if you keep in under indirect bright light. The leaves will stay green in color.


Callisia Fragrans - Basket Plant - Herbal Plant - Live Plant 7 Inches Tall

Name : Callisia Fragrans - Basket Plant - Herbal Plant - Live Plant 7 Inches Tall

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Callisia fragrans, commonly known as the basket plant, chain plant or inch plant, is a species of the genus Callisia, in the family Commelinaceae.

The Callisia Fragrans is endemic to Mexico, and naturalized in the West Indies, scattered locations in the United States, and a few other places. It has been cultivated in many countries as an indoor ornamental since the early 1900s. However, it can be also found growing outdoors in warmer climates in moist, fertile soil. The herb likes partially shaded areas.

t has a rich folkloric reputation as an antiviral and antimicrobial plant. Especially in Eastern Europe, its leaves are used for treatment of various skin diseases, burns and joint disorders. An ethanol leaf extract has been shown to effectively inhibit the infection of Vero cells by HSV-1, HSV-2 and an ACV-resistant strain of the latter, in vitro. The ethanol leaf extract, as opposed to an aquatic extract, was however ineffective against VZV. Though the ethanol leaf extract had a lower selectivity index (toxicity vs. effectiveness) than ACV, it was able to inhibit the HSV-2 mutant, and may be less toxic than ACV. Direct interaction with the viruses and blocking of their access to the host cells seems to be involved.


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