This Tropical Plant Looks Like Leaping Goldfish and We're Obsessed

Kelly Corbett
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From House Beautiful

Nature never ceases to amaze us, especially when it comes to the plant department. From mermaid tail succulents to these stunning aloe plants that literally look fireworks, there's so much flora to explore beyond your average tulips, daises, and catci.

Our latest plant obession might take you back to your first childhood pet. The Columnea Gloriosa plant, also known as the Goldfish Plant, is characterized by its long, tubular orangey-red flowers. This plant, which is great for hanging, creates a stunning visual as its vibrant scarlet blooms almost look to be leaping out of the plant's long leafy vines. At first glance, you'll probably ask yourself: "Are those goldfish leaping out of the leaves?"

This fun, colorful plant originates from Central and South America, as well as the Carribean, according to World of Flowering Plants. While it's capable of being planted both inside and outside, it's a very fragile plant. Those who care for it must be cautious as its leaves and flowers are sensitive to high temperatures and moisture.

According to The Spruce, the Columnea Gloriosa fares best in room temperatures of 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Its leaves should be misted daily via spray bottle with room temperature water, as cold water will damage the foliage. For particuarly dry environments, having a humidifier near the plant is ideal. One more thing: Goldfish plants prefer bright light, but not direct light, as excess sunlight can burn out the leaves.

A Goldfish Plant's ideal hardiness range falls between 10b to 11b, as per the USDA's Plant Hardiness Zone Map. If you do live in an environment with ideal conditions for growing, we recommend placing the plant in a hanging pot or area that's accessible, so that you can monitor the amount of sun exposure and water the plant is receiving.

When grown in ideal conditions, this plant is a true spectacle, but it's definitely not the easiest plant to manage.

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