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Pseuderanthemum alatum /Chocolate Plant

Pseuderanthemum alatum  / Pseuderanthemum alatum
An excellent self-seeding perennial that produces dark brown foliage with silvery streaks down the center
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An excellent self-seeding perennial that produces dark brown foliage with silvery streaks down the center

Growing in a ground bed

A close view of the chocolate and silver foliage

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Scientific Name: Pseuderanthemum alatum
Common Name: Chocolate Plant
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: Under 1 foot
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: Purple
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Yes
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: A low growing native herb of Mexico and Central America with chololate colored foliage with blotches of silver. It is grown as an annual in zone 7 and lower. It is knocked to the ground in zone 8 with freezes, but may come back in the spring. Pinkish-purple flowers in August are quite showy with the chocolate background.