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Columnea x banksii

Pronunciation: Kol-lum-nee-uh
Family: Gesneriaceae
Common Name: Goldfish vine, goldfish plant
Plant Type:
  • trees, shrubs
Height to: 6"
Width to: 4'
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 80 to 70ºF ZONE 14
Sun Exposure:
  • part sun
Bloom Season:
  • early spring
  • mid spring
  • late spring
  • early summer
  • mid summer
  • late summer
  • early autumn
  • mid autumn
  • late autumn
  • early winter
  • repeat bloomer
Bloom Description: Goldfish vine (columnea x banksii) produces solitary, hairy, scarlet flowers, 2 1/2" long, with faint yellow lines in the throats.
Soil Type: Coarse, open, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil in partial shade.
  • No
Plant Perks:
  • Suitable for Houseplant
Pests and Diseases: Aphids, spider mites, bud mites, fungal spots, and tobacco mosaic virus occurs.
Propagation: Root tip cuttings of goldfish vine (columnea x banksii) with bottom heat in early spring.
Native to: Garden origin
Winter Sowing Zones: None
Notes for Identification: Goldfish vine (columnea x banksii) is a trailing subshrub with ovate to oblong-ovate, smooth, shiny, dark green leaves, 1 1/2" long, sparsely hairy beneath. Parents: c. Schiedeana x c. Oerstdianacare: 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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