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Friday, November 27, 2020

Callisia sp.

One of the most challenging part of finding out a common plant is identifying their ID. For instance - I know this particular plant had been in the gardening world for ages - often passed down from one generation to another like a heirloom plant - usually it comes from a grandmother who often says that this one is good to boil and drink like a tea - I still haven't find any reliable resource to authenticate this information.

What more elusive than it's name is there is no database that I can find in Google - with countless searching time - I had given up. Intrigued I suspected that it may not be a Callisia - perhaps fall into a different category such as a Tradescantia or a Spiderwort but even that I came to a dead end.

I had a little hope when I discovered some similarities of something known as a Teddy Bear Plant - However that is totally African and this is Asian. Another dead end.

As for now, I'm just setting it as a Callisia sp as I find that Callisia do have tendency where it can be edible unlike tradescantia species but again - I had come across that Moses Boat Leaves are also brewed as tea, hence it's more universal rather than specifically falling into a species ID.

Apart from all that. All the Care of the plant is very much similar with Callisia species - However this is a hardy plant which loves sun and prefers better in bright sunny area than planted in shade. Also do consider it as a trailing plant and it can become invasive thus do care not to let it overgrow on ground.

This is truly a very hardy plant and do not have much restrictions. The best control would be planting it as hanging plant thus control their growth behavior. Often it does get leggy just like any other types of this kind and thus it does require constant pruning and replanting in few month basis.

 If you had come across this one and know the ID, Please do let me know in the comment below.

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Different Types of Callisia Species


ЕЛЕНА said...

Tradescantia "Hijau Baru"

James David said...

Thank you for ID : "Tradescantia hijau"
I believe it is the local name.

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