Chocolate Plant

Chocolate Plants ( Pseuderanthemum alata) are heirloom passalong plants in the South.  Mine was passed to me by my mother-in-law.  It gets its name from its chocolatey color.

I always keep some in a pot, but I have been trying to start colonies in various beds.  I am having a good outcome in the back bed near my wooded area.

The Chocolate Plant will make a flower stalk of purple flowers.  The seeds are tiny and I usually let them fall where they may and transplant the seedlings when I find them.

This one planted itself in cobble rocks and became to hard to dig up without damaging it. The plants grow bigger each year and hopefully I’ll have a beautiful display in a couple of years.


16 Comments on “Chocolate Plant”

  1. Deb says:

    They definitely would add variation to a flowerbed with the chocolate color leaves.

  2. Tina says:

    It’s a pretty one. Does it require much water?

  3. I love them! As a Southerner, I have never seen any?? A Texas thing?

    • According to the 10 year old article I found, it is from Central America and Mexico and is seldom sold in nurseries. I have never looked. I would think it would do well in Florida. Maybe you could ask around. I would see it as a garden club plant exchange item.

  4. shoreacres says:

    Now, if only they produced chocolate fruit!

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Pretty foliage. This is a new one to me. Does it make a good houseplant?

    • I keep a pot in my garage over the winter (my cat eats plants) and they get leggy and loose color. Maybe in a sunny window or greenhouse. Outside, they go down for the winter and are hardy to zone 8.

  6. Patience is most decidedly your middle name.

  7. NICE! I wonder if they would grow here in zone 6…

  8. And it’s actually a brown colour. At first I thought it was chocolate mint, but that isn’t all brown, right?


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