How to Care for a Purple Passion Vine


The purple passion vine (Gynura sarmentosa) is a perennial vine, generally grown as a houseplant. The plant derives its color from the purple hairs along the stems and on the foliage. Native to Indonesia, purple passion vine can be trained to a small trellis or allowed to spill over the side of the container. Overall, it is easy to care for and provides a jolt of color to the interior of the home.

Step 1

Plant your purple passion vine in two parts peat moss, one part potting soil and one part sand.

Step 2

Place the purple passion vine in an area that receives bright light, but not direct sun. The more light the plant receives, the more purple it becomes.

Step 3

Water the purple passion vine when the soil is dry. If it begins to wilt, it is time to water it.

Step 4

Fertilize the purple passion vine once a week with a balanced houseplant fertilizer. Dilute the fertilizer to half the strength suggested on the label. Discontinue fertilizing in the winter.

Step 5

Remove any flowers that the plant may produce in the spring. They have an unpleasant odor and blooming causes the plant to decline.

Step 6

Pinch the tips of the vines to create a bushier plant. The cuttings removed can be place in the soil and will grow roots.

Step 7

Cut the purple passion vine back in the winter such that only four nodes (the place on the vine where the leaves join it) remain.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat moss
  • Potting soil
  • Sand
  • Fertilizer
  • Scissors or small pruning shears


  • University of Oklahoma: Gynura Aurantiaca Cv. 'Purple Passion'
  • “Foliage Houseplants”; James Underwood Crockett; 2001
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