Callisia repens Kribo, Gold and Pink Panther: How to tell them apart

Callisia repens Kribo, Gold and Pink Panther
Callisia repens Kribo and Callisia repens Pink panther
Photo taken on 7/15/22
Copyright © Czarina Nocon, Chic Planting

I’ve seen a lot of fairly new collectors of Tradescantias asking about which callisia repens they have and how to tell what it is.

I’ve grown, propagated, and killed Callisia repens Kribo, Gold and Pink Panther indoors and outdoors in California. I’ve cared for these plants for a little more than 2 years and tried to learn as much as I can about them by putting the plants in different living conditions in terms on lighting, humidity, aeration, etc. Participating in facebook groups like sharing what I have learned and reading posts about them also have helped me a lot figuring these plants out.

I mostly grow my Callisia repens Kribo, Gold and Pink Panther indoors under different kinds and intensities of light to achieve the look I want for them. I’ve also grown some of them outdoors in natural light. 

Here’s what I can share about how to tell them apart growing them indoor.

Kribo vs Pink Panther 

Callisia repens Kribo and Callisia repens Pink panther
Callisia repens Kribo and Callisia repens Pink panther
Photo taken on 7/15/22
Copyright © Czarina Nocon, Chic Planting
Kribo Pink Panther
Kribo  Gold
  • has colors green, yellow and pink 
  • has green and yellow colors only
Kribo  Pink Panther
  • variegation has gradient - colors green, yellow and pink gradually blends from one color to another
  • has stripes pattern 
  • reverts to a solid green leaf when it's not getting enough light it needs to support variegated colors
  • reverts to a solid green leaf when it's not getting enough light it needs to support variegated colors
  • can have 3 or more color gradients (green, yellow, pink, cream, ivory) in gradients
  • i've only seen mine in blush pink and a light pistachio green color with stripes pattern
  • intense bright light can turn the  leaves almost white
  • intense bright light adds scattered purple mini dots on its leaves that looks like freckles (which I am not a fan of)
  • you don't have to prune the stems to turn the leaves from solid green to variegate with a nice blend of green, yellow and pink 
  • you have to prune the stems to get new striped variegated growth
  • turns into solid green and loses variegation when grown outdoors - only in my experience, others might have the opposite
  • declines slowly when moved from indoors to outdoors but when acclimated slowly, it can handle mid-day, full direct sunlight (in California) during spring. summer's mid-day sunlight will burn the leaves and can kill the plant. 

Kribo vs Gold

Callisia repens Kriboa and Callisia repens Gold
Callisia repens Kribo and Callisia repens Gold
Photo taken on 7/15/22
Copyright © Czarina Nocon, Chic Planting

For the record, I have not had my callisia repens gold get any pink hues on its leaves. But it can be achieved as I’ve seen some collectors' photos where it looks very similar to Kribo, it has yellow and pink tones blended together. I learned that the plant had been exposed to direct sunlight. Unfortunately, I do not know of the  specific weather temperature nor do I know where the plant was grown.

 

Kribo  Gold
  • has colors green, yellow and pink 
  • has green and yellow colors only
  • intense bright light can turn the  leaves almost white
  • intense bright light adds scattered purple mini dots on its leaves that looks like freckles (which I am not a fan of

 

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