Purple Succulents: Sweet succulents
Purple succulenta or ‘Shalavani’ as it is popularly known as, is a succulent plant from the Orchid family that produces a purple, fleshy flower. These succulents are native to Southern India and Sri Lanka but are now grown all over the world. The plant grows up to six feet tall and flowers in a variety of colors. The flowers themselves come in a variety of shades of purple, including lilac, lavender, deep purple, mauve, plum, burgundy and yellow.
This plant is classified as a Vanda or Vandaesque plant according to Orchids Taxonomy because of its pinkish purple color. This species of Orchid is named after the town of Shalavani in Tamil Nadu state, India. According to historical references, this plant was brought from Southern India to Sri Lanka by the Buddhist monk Bodhisattva in the 7th century. It was one of the many exotic plants brought by the travelers during the golden age of the seventh century.
This plant is noted for the sweet, fragrant smell that it has. Even though it is not a very popular ornamental perennial, it grows up to three feet tall and blooms on a few different occasions. Each occasion seems to differ by season. For instance, the ‘Shalavani’ bloom is usually bright yellow in the early summer and white when it blooms in the late summer.
In India, this plant is known as sempervirens ‘Rakta’. In China, it is called ‘Qin zhu’, while in Indonesia it is recognized as ‘Santalum album’. In United States, the Orchid is known as ‘Purple Seminars’ and in Mexico as ‘Puama’. In India it is often referred to as ‘Sapindus’.
The purple vine, like most other members of the Succulent family, requires a great deal of care to grow. It requires high humidity and warmth and hence is grown as houseplants. This plant is very hardy and can tolerate relatively low soil nutrient levels. In addition, it prefers alkaline conditions and therefore is cultivated mostly in soils with acidic conditions. It is rare that this plant is found growing in the more alkaline habitats of the world.
In spite of the hardiness, this plant demands a lot of attention from its owners. This is because it is a ‘weet’ plant and cannot be simply sprayed with any ordinary weed killer. It takes time and patience to learn how to properly prune this plant. An old-fashioned pruning can seriously affect the production of the succulent, so it is imperative that this skill should be learned. Pruning the’sweet’ plant will help prevent it from drying out; it is also essential for preventing re-growth during periods of drought and when the soil is dry, ‘sweet’ sempervirens’seeds’ will often form in the lower portions of the stem.
If you are growing ‘Sempervirens’ through seed, then it is best that you provide sufficient space between each plant so that they can grow up to their potential. The other way to achieve this is to divide the plant in half so that each half develops its own set of alternate leaves. Providing an ample gap between the plants is important because’Sempervirens’sometimes forms a canopy. However, if you want your semperviren plant to grow successfully, the space provided between each plant should be kept at optimal levels. One way to ensure that the space provided is optimal is to grow the plants on a trellis system.
Purple succulents are also known as ‘Prunus’ with a regal appearance. This makes the plant a popular choice for making flower arrangements and ‘sweet pea’ bouquets for weddings and other special occasions. As with other ‘Sweet Succulents’ the plant is best planted in thick soil that is void of lime, sulfur, and clay. For a thick, rich soil that the ‘Prunus’ plant prefers using coarse sand, rock wool, and bone meal. Avoid using bone meal unless you are sure it is ‘succulent enough’ because the plant will take it over the readily available nutrients.