The presence of downy mildew has been confirmed on purple velvet plants in South Florida, according to Aaron Palmateer, University of Florida associate professor in plant pathology at the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead. About 30 percent of approximately 1,000 plants at a Homestead nursery were found to be affected.

Purple velvet, which is hardy in Zones 10 to 12, is a common potted plant for interiors, but also adapts well to South Florida landscapes.

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