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What Is A Chocolate Soldier Plant
Ask the Expert: have you ever heard of a chocolate soldier Â it has bright blooms and is similar to African violet but largerÂ Janice Goode
The problem with common names is they are often used for many different plants. However by your description, I think the plant belongs to the genus Episcia and are in the same family (Gesneriacea) as African Violets. You might look for it under the common name Flame Violet or the botanical name Episcia cupreata.
[caption id="attachment_3558" align="aligncenter" width="296"] Chocolate Soldier Plant From Logees Greeenhouse[/caption]
I found a picture of Chocolate Soldier at Logee's Greenhouse in Danielson Connecticut which is a go-to source for these plants.Â In fact, I spoke with Margaret at Logee's to find out more about these wonderful plants.Â Although, Chocolate Solider is a little difficult to propagate, they are fairly easy to take care of and make wonderful indoor plants.Â Margaret said, all of the Episcia plant are wonderful and a delight to have in your home.Â They carry another Episica called Fire 'n Ice that has a lighter leaf than the Chocolate Soldier.Â Episcia are in the same family (Gesneriacea) as African VioletsÂ If you need care instruction for the Chocolate Solider, Logee's has a great Episcia care page.