Simple filler plant chosen for leaf color is on creepy edge of bio-tech and urban garden marketing

I bought this dark leafed plant as filler and good contrast in leaf color.
When I brought it home from Shimachu, our home center, I realized that the front label doesn’t even mention a horticultural name. It’s simply called “terrace bronze,” and it’s marketed as a balcony plant in their “terrace series.” Oddly, they even suggest it as a “green curtain” plant, although it would make a better weeping wall cover than climber.
On the label’s flip side, the tag explains how Suntory reserves all rights to this species, including any future plants. Kind of scary, no?


  1. Not necessarily. It may indeed be “bio-techy”, or it may simply be a registered hybrid that was developed traditionally.

  2. Looks like a sweet potato vine… For better or worse, it is very common for new varieties of plants to be patented for a certain number of years. The tags on all kinds of plants, from roses and hydrangeas to some petunias and impatiens – and probably sweet potato vines – have similar warnings.

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