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PURPLE PLEASURE - Mikania

A very interesting plant. Purple Pleasure has 1 - 2 inch leaves that are green with a purplish sheen. They are somewhat hairy on top and densely hairy below. The underside of the leaf is purple. This is a fast growing plant under the right conditions.

WATER: You must keep soil moist at all times but avoid saturation. The Purple Pleasure absolutely needs high humidity. Misting is beneficial although you must be careful as it can also damage the leaves. Use a fine spray and tepid water. Provide good air circulation. Reduce watering during the winter months.

LIGHT: Purple Pleasure likes a bright area with some direct sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight right after you have misted the leaves as this will scorch them.

Propagation is done from stem cuttings.

These are very rarely available in 8" hanging baskets.