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Columnea microphylla

Pronunciation: Kol-lum-nee-uh my-kro-fil-uh
Family: Gesneriaceae
Common Name: Columnea microphylla
Plant Type:
  • trees, shrubs
Height to: 6"
Width to: 6'
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 80 to 70ºF ZONE 14
Sun Exposure:
  • full shade
Bloom Season:
  • mid spring
  • late spring
  • early summer
  • mid summer
  • late summer
  • repeat bloomer
Bloom Description: Columnea microphylla bears solitary, hairy, scarlet flowers, 2 - 3" long, with yellow throats.
Soil Type: Coarse, open, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil in partial shade.
  • No
Pests and Diseases: Aphids, spider mites, bud mites, fungal spots, and tobacco mosaic virus occurs.
Propagation: Root tip cuttings of columnea microphylla with bottom heat in early spring.
Native to: Costa rica
Winter Sowing Zones: None
Notes for Identification: Columnea microphylla is a trailing subshrub with thin stems bearing close set, ovate to rounded, dark green leaves, to 1/2" long, covered in red-brown hairs. Care: when grown indoors, grow in a moss lined hanging basket of half pot in soilless potting mix, in bright, filtered or indirect light. Mist regularly with tepid water to maintain high humidity. When in full growth, water freely, applying quarter strength, high potash fertilizer at each watering. Over watering may encourage root and stem rot. In winter provide full light, water moderately, and avoid wetting the foliage. Source: various sources including the american horticultural society a to z encyclopedia of garden plants
USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • 150 to 180 days ZONE 10
  • 180 to 210 days ZONE 11
  • Greater then 210 ZONE 12
Seed photo: 0
Seed Label: 0
Located in: Trees, Shrubs
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