Flying Goldfish Plant

Regular price R 345.00
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Scientific name: Columnea hirta var. Mortonii
Synonyms:  Goldfish Plant, Flying Goldfish Plant, Hairy Columnea

  • High fascination value
  • Gorgeous trailing habit
  • Attractive furry foliage
  • Makes for a fantastic hanging plant
  • Plant level: Intermediate

This genus of houseplant is particularly attractive when in bloom, often sporting long orange to red blooms that, especially in the variety Columnea Gloriosa, look like adorable tiny goldfish. In spite of their blooms, these plants have an incredibly fascinating growth pattern. Usually dark green in colour, the leaves of this plant are small and rounded, covered with small soft hairs tinged red, hence this variety is often referred to as the Hairy Columnea.

Columnea is a stunning trailing plant that will add variety and texture to a hanging display or create intrigue when placed on a shelf. They prefer bright, filtered light and should be kept out of direct sunlight, which will cause their foliage to turn brown. Furthermore, they appreciate good humidity, hence a warm bright bathroom or kitchen makes an ideal location, and it is recommended that you keep them away from heat sources and cold draughts. Their watering requirements are also easy: keep the potting medium evenly moist, only allowing the top 5cm to dry between waterings.

Flying Goldfish plants make a lovely addition to any indoor space, allowing you to create lush hanging displays with ease and add interest to your plant collection.

Check out our Hang Plant and All Plant Collections for more options.

Try these styling tips to allow your Flying Goldfish Plant to shine:

Follow these care instructions to keep your Flying Goldfish Plant happy & healthy.

  • Water: Keep evenly moist, allowing the top 5cm of Potting soil to dry between each watering during Spring through Autumn. In Winter, reduce watering frequency, however, avoid allowing it to dry out.
  • Light: Bright filtered light for best results, avoid direct sunlight.
  • Humidity: Anything from 50% and higher, sprits daily or place on a pebble tray.
  • Fertilise: Feed with a diluted plant fertiliser once every 2 weeks during Spring and Summer. No need to feed in Winter.

Please note: Columnea are not considered toxic.

We offer some of the most affordable shipping in South Africa! And use a network of vetted couriers to safely deliver your order. The costs and delivery times are as follows:

Collections: 6 Roodehek Street, Gardens, Cape Town
No Charge. We'll notify you once your order is ready, usually 1-2 days from order.

Cape Town (Local) Same Day - orders before 11am
R75 fee, order before 11am, delivery in afternoon *see qualifying suburbs below

Cape Town & Surrounds
R60 fee, delivery usually within 2-4 working days from order.

Major Centers (Jhb, Dbn etc.)
R95 fee, delivery usually within 4-7 working days from order.

Regional Areas (e.g. Hermanus)
R100 fee, delivery 2-5 days from order (CPT regional), 4-5 days (rest of SA).


SAME DAY DELIVERY: CAPE TOWN - LOCAL (orders before 11am)

> Orders before 11h00 are delivered same day
> Orders after 11h00 are delivered the next day

Available for Suburbs: Bakoven, Camps Bay, Clifton, Bantry Bay, Sea Point, Fresnaye, Green Point, Three Anchor Bay, Mouille Point, V+A, Foreshore, CBD, Bo Kaap, Tamboerskloof, Oranjezicht, Gardens, Vredehoek, Zonnebloem, Woodstock, Salt River, Pinelands, Paarden Eiland.


LARGE PLANTS (20cm nursery pot and above)
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Please process your order as per normal and select the "Custom" shipping option at checkout. Our Team will contact you with a competitive custom shipping quote via email.


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Choose a Nursery Pot that fits the Decorative Planters, applicable for Ceramic, Cotton Cord, Terrazzo, Terracotta Planters

Nursery Pot (black plastic)

Decorative Planter (ceramic etc)

8 - 10cm

10 - 12cm 


13 - 14cm

14 - 15cm

16 - 17cm

18 - 20cm

18 - 21cm


26 - 30cm


32 - 35cm


36 - 40cm


42 - 45cm

Follow this Sizing Guide for Palm Leaf Baskets (Sinan, Fundo, ShiShi etc.) and Senegalese Baskets:

Nursery Pot (black plastic)

Basket Inner Diameter Size

14cm - 15cm


18 - 19cm












Flying Goldfish Plant
Flying Goldfish Plant

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