Codonanthe (Codonanthe devosiana)

Codonanthe Plant Features

Codonanthe is a rare houseplant in the African violet family that has small, rounded shiny leaves accented by adorable intricate white flowers. Though rare, this interesting houseplant is delightfully easy to grow and is fun to decorate your home or office with when you find it available. 

A small houseplant, codonanthe has trailing stems so it's usually grown in hanging baskets in front of a bright window. It's also fun to trail from a mantle or other elevated surface. 

Codonanthe Growing Instructions

Grow codonanthe in a bright spot, but protected from too much direct sun. If you have a south- or west-facing window that has several hours of harsh sunlight coming in, protect the plant by putting up a sheer curtain. 

Water codonanthe when the top inch or so of the soil is dry. The plant doesn't mind if you miss a watering every now and again, but grows and blooms best when given regular water. That said, take care not to overwater it; too much water, and codonanthe will rot and die. 

Fertilize codonanthe in spring and summer with a houseplant fertilizer. Be sure to follow the directions on the product's packaging; too much fertilizer can burn the roots and stress the plant. 

Like most tropical houseplants, codonanthe appreciates high humidity, but tolerates average humidity levels. If the humidity in your home is especially dry, codonanthe may complain by developing brown leaf edges. Remedy this by growing this houseplant in a spot with more moisture in the air (such as a bright bathroom) or by growing it with other plants, which release a bit of moisture into the air as they breathe.

Like most houseplants, codonanthe is not intended for human or animal consumption. 
  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Indoors: High light

  • Colors



  • Special Features

    Purifies the air

Complement your Codonanthe

Nerve Plant
Add an extra splash of color to codonanthe by pairing it with variegated nerve plant.

Pilea and codonanthe both enjoy terrarium conditions; combine them for a fun, whimsical terrarium.

Alsobia is a close relative of codonanthe, and as such, the plants enjoy similar growing conditions.