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NEMATANTHUS gregarius

Image of Nematanthus gregarius

Family

Gesnariaceae

Botanical Name

NEMATANTHUS gregarius

Plant Common Name

Goldfish Plant

General Description

Often called goldfish plant for the color and shape of its flowers, Nematanthus gregariusis valued as an easy to grow, exotic house plant. Native to rainforests in Brazil, it is an epiphyte (no roots in the ground) found growing on trees. It is a trailing, branching subshrub (having a woody base). It produces leaves that are semi-succulent, hard in texture, glossy, and dark green. Its unusual flowers are orange, fragrant, single-petalled, pouch-shaped, and pursed at one end like a tiny mouth. They attract hummingbirds.

Like many epiphytes goldfish plant prefers partial sun and fertile soil with very good drainage. Regular fertilization promotes flowering. It is usually grown in a hanging basket or tall urn.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    14 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2

  • Plant Type

    Epiphyte

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Hanging Basket, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes