Several species of columnea are available, but not all are easy to grow as houseplants. Columnea x banks ‘ll is one of the most tolerant. Its dark green leaves are smooth and almost succulent. 



They are carried in opposite pairs along trailing stems that can reach 3ft/90cm or more, making this columnea an ideal plant for a hanging basket. columnea2bx2bbanksii2b2bimage-5615045

The bright red tubular flowers, about 2V2-3in/6.5-8cm long, have yellow throats, with the upper petals forming a hood. They are borne in profusion in winter and early spring and occasionally at other times. nematanthus2b2bplant2bimage-9167640

ORIGIN: Tropical America; hybrids.
HEIGHT: Stems trail to 3ft/90cm or more. nematanthus2b2bhouse2bplant-9096708 POTTING MIX: Peat-moss-based.
REPOTTING: In spring, when the roots fill the pot.                 nematanthus-3329210

GoldFish Plant Propagation: In spring or summer take cuttings from stems that are not flowering. Root them with bottom heat or sow seed in spring.                        nematanthus2b2bhouse2bplant2bphoto-8972008

KEEPING GoldFish PLANTS In good conditions, plants will last for several years.



  • Columneas need bright light but not direct sun. Warm conditions, with a minimum of about 60°F/16°C in winter. 
  • Keep the soil just moist, allowing the top third to dry out between waterings. 
  • Reduce watering in lower winter temperatures. 
  • A humid atmosphere must be maintained at all times. Mist the foliage with tepid water daily.
  • Liquid-feed with a high-potash fertilizer every 10-14 days during the growing season.

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Columnea gloriosa has leaves that are densely covered with fine brownish hairs and produces large, striking orange-red hooded flowers with yellow throats. The leaves of C.g. ‘Purpurea’ are covered with purple hairs. nematanthus2b2bhouse2bplant2bpicture-7352643 Among the many hybrids are ‘Alpha,’ with bright yellow flowers freely produced sporadically throughout the year, and ‘Chanticleer,’ one of the easiest and most popular varieties, with a compact, branching habit and orange flowers produced all year.                        nematanthus2b2bindoor2bplant2bimage-7285060 ‘Mary Ann’ produces unusual deep pink blooms at intervals during the year, and ‘Stavanger’ has smooth, glossy leaves and large, orange-red flowers.
The bright orange-red hooded flowers give columneas their common name of goldfish plant. nematanthus2b2bindoor2bplants-6185507 Columnea gloriosa has slender stems that trail to about 3ft/90cm before they branch. It bears brilliant orange-red singleflowers, which can be 3in/8cm long. These are followed by large white berries.
All columneas need the high humidity provided by frequent misting. nematanthus2b2bindoor2bhouse2bplant2bpotted-9772209 Smooth-leafed varieties are easier to grow than the hairy- leafed types. nematanthus2b2bplant2bpotted2bimage-9286201 Small brown spots on the leaves can be caused by misting with cold water; use tepid water instead.

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