Lots of Chocolate … Plants

I have been trying to increase my Chocolate Plant, Pseuderanthemum alatum, population. The plant was a passalong from my mother-in-law. I found it tricky to collect the seeds, as they seem to pop and disperse the minute they become ripe. I kept the original plant in a pot, but stumbled on a solution of just letting the seeds drop to the ground and germinate on their own. Then I search the for the seedlings and group them together. I have been able to get this nice colony going and increased last year’s yield.

My best Chocolate Plant is not in an ideal location. It is several years old and dies back every winter, but amazingly reappeared after the freeze.

A close-up without the down spout, makes the plant more attractive. This is the “dark” chocolate variety.

11 Comments on “Lots of Chocolate … Plants”

  1. Tina says:

    That’s a pretty thing. Does it need a lot of water?

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    A new one to me, it really is a chocolatey brown!

  3. Oh, love those, have you seen the chocolate dahlias?

  4. carol says:

    And if you relocate it, it will probably die!!

  5. shoreacres says:

    Generally speaking, I prefer milk chocolate to dark chocolate, but your dark chocolate plant is really pretty. I’ve never heard of such a thing, but I’ll bet they’re impressive in a grouping.

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