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Callisia repens - Creeping Inchplant
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Commelinaceae (Spiderworts)
Origin: South America
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: <1 foot
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Callisia repens (Creeping Inchplant) - A low growing evergreen perennial to 4 inches tall and spreading to 4 feet or more on stems that root at the joints. The 1 inch long soft downy leaves are dark green above and rich purple below. Small white flowers appear in late spring or early summer. Plant in full coastal sun to part shade. Hardy to 20F. This plant is an attractive groundcover for a regularly irrigated location in full coastal sun or in a drier shady location. Also makes a nice container or hanging basket plant. Though we have not had any such problem (and have experimented!), the leaves are reported to be an irritant to the skin of people and pets. This plant is native to Mexico, Central America, South America, and the West Indies but has spread worldwide as an ornamental plant and in some tropical and subtropical locations is considered to be a noxious weed though this plant has not risen to concern in our mediterranean climate. Other common names include Turtle Vine, Inch Plant, Bolivian Wandering Jew and Honeycomb. Our plants came to us as cuttings from John Greenlee.  This description is based on our research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery and our own landscape plantings and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments we receive from others and appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Callisia repens