This variable species occurs in China and has at least two color forms that look drastically different. There are green and pink types, pictured below. The growth habit is similar but the pink one seems to have more upright new growth, whereas the green one produces new growth that faces toward the ground. This species can grow to about 8 inches but often stays smaller. It is covered in fuzzy hairs and produces fruits that turn from cream to red […]
This plant has been sold in Asia under the name ‘versicolor red and black’, however, I have not seen any evidence of flowers to confirm this. It is a newer species to cultivation, whatever it is. It does resemble versicolor in the compact growth habit, but it grows its rhizome in more of a trailing way than other versicolor forms. The leaves maintain their beautiful color, getting darker with maturity. The new growth is a bright reddish-pink, as are the […]
This pretty Pearcea from Ecuador is a newer plant to cultivation. It is fairly compact, especially for a Pearcea, and it is a beautiful purple-brown with tiny pink hairs. It usually stays around eight inches but can get a little taller in certain growing conditions.
This Begonia was introduced by Don Miller in the 90’s from Penang Botanical Garden in Malaysia. It is an easy grower, and makes a stunning terrarium or house plant, although it grows more vigorously in high humidity. The leaf edges have a subtle pink tint to them, and the uppermost part of the stem where it attaches to the leaf is pink. The leaf veins are dark green, with the rest of the leaf being a striking silver. Despite its […]
Let me start off by saying that Vasya is one of the most humble and kind people I have ever met. He is incredibly generous with his plants and time. Thanks so much to Deann for inviting me. Even though his greenhouse looks like it has been set up for decades, it is only seven years old! It is E/W facing, and the south wall is shared with the house, meaning that the kitchen window looks out onto the greenhouse! The […]
I have been following Lorees blog, the Danger Garden, for over a year now. It is amazing for lots of reasons, but one of my favorite things about it is Loree’s ‘it’s possible’ attitude. Not only in regards to working with prickly plants, which are one of her many areas of expertise but in regards to design decisions (why not have a summer gazebo that turns into a greenhouse every winter?) and freedom in choosing plants (zone 9, let’s test that!). […]
This is a newer species to cultivation from Ecuador. It has distinctive purple-pink leaf venation that runs in a somewhat irregular pattern. The stem is a nice ruby red. Like many Marcgravias, it usually only produces immature foliage in a terrarium. The leaves are small and pointed, no longer than .5 inches in the immature state. The Condor are mountains in the eastern Andes that occur in Ecuador and Peru. Much of the forest is relatively untouched still, and it […]
This species was described in 1959 by Edgar Irmischer. It is a rhizomatous species native to Brazil. It is said to be syn. with U304. The leaf undersides are a beautiful rosy pink, as are the stems. Foliage is greenish-purple, with cream or pale green leaf venation. The leaves grow very closely together, forming a compact mound. The leaves are tilted upwards in my experience. There are hundreds of hairs on each leaf, which are pink, giving the leaves a […]