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Help with purple-and-green leaf plant ID

bookwyrme
June 10, 2019
last modified: June 10, 2019

This is tantalizingly familiar, but I cannot ID it. The leaves are shiny, not fuzzy.


Comments (8)

  • Karen S. (7b, NYC)

    I think it's a Plectranthus, aka Swedish Ivy or Creeping Charlie. The leaves are usually darker green & in good light, closer together. Is it in some kind of dark corner?

    I've never seen one w/ colored veining like that, very interesting.

  • bookwyrme

    It came from a garage sale. I really don't know where it's been.


  • floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

    The veins go red and leaves go pale if the plant has insufficient nutrients. Often seen in potbound, hungry specimens.

  • bookwyrme

    There are actual purple leaves in there, though, so in light of Karen's suggestion, I'm thinking maybe Purple Swedish Ivy

  • Karen S. (7b, NYC)

    The leaves in pic above vs. your pic bookwyrme look very different to me, in pattern & texture.

  • floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

    No, it definitely isn't Plectranthus australis. Completely wrong leaf shape, size and texture. It's just a sickly Plectranthus verticilliatus.

    eta it is very easy to root from cuttings. You'll find that, if potted into a good mix and fed and watered well, new plants will revert to glossy deep green. It's only those colours because its starving.

  • bookwyrme

    Okay. I'll try pinching it back and giving it some TLC. Thank you.

  • Karen S. (7b, NYC)

    These also water root very easily, tho' it's best to do it w/ healthy material. But it couldn't hurt to try a few water rooted cuttings from those longer lengths.

    Personally I'd cut it back pretty drastically, toss the worse growth & water root the rest for new sections to restart it under better conditions. Take off the bottom pair of leaves so there's an inch or 2 of bare stem in the water. Use cuttings maybe 3" long.

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