Bringing the Outdoors Indoors: Columnea

Often called goldfish plant because of its bright orange tubular blooms, Columnea has trailing branches that make it an ideal candidate for hanging baskets. The plants are easy to care for and have few insect or disease problems. Flowers appear in the spring and summer, but even when not in bloom the plant still looks great with rich, dark green foliage.

Name: Columnea gloriosa

Growing Conditions: Bright light; keep out of full sun; keep soil slightly moist during the summer and feed weekly with a weak liquid fertilizer; stop feeding during the winter and let the soil dry out slightly before watering; 60-75 degrees F.

Size: 18-24 inches long; pinch occasionally to keep the plant compact