Chrysothemis Pulchella Descriptive Essay



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 �C (20 �F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 �C (25 �F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed



Taoyuan District,

Bonita Springs, Florida

Cocoa, Florida

Deland, Florida

Fort Mc Coy, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Lake Mary, Florida

Lake Worth, Florida

Lecanto, Florida

Lutz, Florida

Naples, Florida

Ocklawaha, Florida

Palm Coast, Florida

Safety Harbor, Florida

Saint Cloud, Florida

Sanford, Florida

Seffner, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Winter Park, Florida

Pepeekeo, Hawaii

Clemmons, North Carolina

Caguas, Puerto Rico

Arlington, Texas

Beaumont, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

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On Oct 26, 2012, vlj from Tampa, FL wrote:

A great plant in Tampa,Fl; grows well under my magnolia tree on the north west side. It does freeze back each winter but has always come back.


On Aug 22, 2012, NaplesFlGarden from Naples, FL wrote:

We grow our plants under 30% shade cloth in a well drained mixture of Peat, Pine Bark Mulch, perelite and coarse Vermiculite. Osmacote slow release fertilizer is use on a regular basis and it is maintained continually moist (but well drained) by automatic sprinklers which water them daily. The plant has NOT STOPPED BLOOMING since we acquired it in Spring. Cuttings have been easy to root in our mist house in the same soil less mixture mentioned above or on our benches next to the parent plant. The cuttings will continue to bloom while rooting !


On May 29, 2010, helleon from Boca Raton, FL wrote:

A wonderful plant for this area in Florida. I planted it for the first time last year. In November it died back. In April we saw growth and very quickly it formed nice round mold shaped plants. It started flowering almost immediately. Now May 30 it is in full bloom. It is watered by sprinkler 3 days a week and now with summer rains, it gets a good sprinkle every afternoon. It is planted on the east side of my house and gets full sun from early morning till around 2 pm. The flowers are yellow and orange and low growing. We have them as an edge plant and they are truely wonderful. We have used the liquid Miracle grow product twice to feed them, about 3 weeks apart. Other than that we have done nothing. I would recommend this plant. It has not been easy to find the plant. If anyone knows wher... read moree they can be found in the Boca Raton area, please post the location.


On Oct 12, 2009, standart from Lakeland, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant has grown in heavy shade, under Live Oaks, for many years. They die back each winter and ree-emerge each Spring..My particular specimens wilt and die quickly in the sun and like to be evenly moist at all times; over watering never seems to hurt perhaps because the soil is well drained. Just got it identified today through to quick responses of altagardener and plantladylin


On Sep 19, 2009, anpagli from Fort McCoy, FL wrote:

I've enjoyed this plant very much. I bought it to add to a container grouping because it's textured bronze leaves and bright orange flowers are such a nice contrast. During the planting a section broke off so I put it in water in my kitchen window to enjoy the bloom. To my amazement it never wilted. In about two weeks I saw there were roots coming from the bottom of the cutting. I planted it and it's doing great. By the way it never dropped it's blooms. It's been three weeks since I planted the rooted cutting and it's still in bloom. Great Plant!


On Sep 8, 2009, Mishal from Caguas,
Puerto Rico wrote:

In Puerto Rico at least, this plant is stealthy and invasive. It just showed up in my containers a year ago, and despite not setting seed, has hopped it's way around all of my containers. It forms thick tubers beneath the ground, that happily re-sprout if the main shoots are cut off.

It's only saving grace is that is does not choke out other plants, it is living comfortably with a Calathea, philodendron, and a walking iris, and other plants appreciate the shade they're given in return. Still, it laughs at any attempts to cut or dig it out.


On Jun 6, 2008, 239elaine from Bonita Springs, FL wrote:

This plant did not do well on my lanai, so I moved it outdoors. It did well until the rainy season, and when I returned home from a trip the plant appeared to have rotted. I chalked it up to experience and removed the container from my garden. The following spring up popped a new plant in the ground where the container had been. It is happy and healthy, and I hope it survives the summer.


On Sep 4, 2007, Tropicanna from Clemmons, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Love this plant, got it in a trade last year. Wanted to note that in the summer, I put it outside. It had gotten lanky from being indoors all winter and rooted itself into the ground. I separated that branch from the mother plant and it is doing well.


On Dec 4, 2006, DLANDERSEN from Safety Harbor, FL wrote:

Plant suffered cold damage at approx 55F. Leaver were "burned" on the edges and curled up.

I have tried to propagate cuttings with no success.

The plant is grown from a tuber so this may not be possible??


On Aug 24, 2004, trois from Santa Fe, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

A very beautiful plant that closely resembles an African Violet, but is larger and requires more sun.

Chrysothemis pulchella (also known as sunset bells, black flamingo, copper leaf' or simply chryothemis[2]) is a tender tropical perennial plant that belongs to the Gesneriaceae family. It can be used as a shade area house plant or interior ornamental plant or in a greenhouse.


During spring to summer, the plant blooms with very showy orange-red flowers. The bright yellow corolla, with some red stripes or spots, is about twice the length of the calyx, with a narrow tube and flaring lobes. The corolla is short-lived, lasting only a day or two, but the colored calyx is very long-lasting and decorative. Leaves are large, dark-green with brown touch and very ornamental. The thick and succulent stems are usually grown upright. The flowers are formed densely together as a bunch of foliage.[3]

The plant has tubers at the base of the stem, and sometimes also in the leaf axils. The tubers get dormant if temperature gets too low. Below certain temperature, the leaves and stem vanish and the dormant tubers starts to regrow the plant later when the right weather appears.

Copper leaf prefers filtered light and requires regular watering to ensure constant moisture in the soil.

Chrysothemis is a genus of about six species. The name originates from Greek mythology. Chrysothemis was a daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon.[4] Among its genus, Chrysothemis pulchella (beautiful) is the most widespread species, the most variable, and the one found most often in cultivation.[5]


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