In my garden, I have these plants which are low spreading plants with shallow roots that grow in rosettes. The common name is Flame Violet. And the botanical name is Episcia cupreata.
The plant has very attractive velvety leaves with silvery veins and the leaves are oval shaped. The colour of the leaves depend on the amount of sunlight it is exposed to.
When the leaves have less sunlight, the leaves will be brownish or bronze in colour.
With more sunlight, the leaves will be green with silvery veins. This plant grows well in bright but indirect sunlight. Too much sunlight causes burnt leaves.
I grow them in wide, shallow pots. Suitable soil should be well-drained and moist. Over-watering will cause root rot and if exposed to too much water, the leaves will rot.
I also grow them in hanging pots to allow the stems to trail over the sides of the pot.
Propagation is through stem cuttings. I fertilize them once in every 2 to 3 weeks.
The flowers are red with slight yellow throat. The colour is very bright and attractive.
The dainty flowers rise above the leaves.
The flowers are tubular and they look like little trumpets.
It is a joy to be greeted by these bright red dainty flowers whenever I look at them.
These are also growing well in shallow soil which is only about 1.5 inch soil.
Other seed fell on shallow soil with rock beneath.
This seed began to grow,
but soon withered and died for lack of moisture.
The stony ground represents those who enjoy listening to sermons,
but somehow the message never really gets through to them
and doesn't take root and grow.
They know the message is true, and sort of believe for a while;
but when the hot winds of persecution blow, they lose interest.
(Luke 8:6, 13, The Living Bible-TLB)