This beautiful Episcia species is unique in that its flowers aren’t the typical orange or red, but a blueish violet. The leaves are beautifully patterned with green venation on dark purple-brown leaves. It occurs throughout central and northern South America, as far south as Colombia.
The name Chocolate Velvet sums up this plant pretty well. Its dark leaves are a dark purple-brown and covered in fuzz. Flowers are hot pink.
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 is the green form of this Pearcea, not often seen, and it seems to be quite a bit slower and less vigorous than the standard form. I received one very small plant years ago and just this year do I have plants available. I have not yet seen the flower, but suspect it’s the […]
This plant is perhaps my favorite to use in terrariums. It is not particularly showy, but it stays small and compact and is somewhat non-descript ‘green foliage’ that does not look to me, particularly new world, or old world. For that reason, I use it in most of my biotope inspired (biotope+whatever else looks good) […]
The genus this plant belongs to is somewhat unclear but it has been suggested to be a Drymonia. It has flowered for at least one person, but I can’t for the life of me find the picture. Whatever it is, it seems to be one of those that either does really well and grows vigorously […]
This pretty Pearcea has serrated silvery-mint colored leaves. In certain conditions the edges will bronze. Like many Pearcea, this is a fast-growing species. It occurs in Ecuador and perhaps elsewhere in South America. It can reach heights of nearly 12″ but often stays smaller if given ample light and nutrients.
This unidentified species has gotten about 12″ tall, but looks as if it could get larger. It seems easy so far, but I’ve not had it long.
This pretty Kohleria sp. was another Gesneriad sale purchase, and did not come with an ID. Kohleria are not a genus I’m familiar with at all, so I don’t have any guesses as to what this could be, and it hasn’t flowered yet, so, it remains a mystery for now. It’s foliage is what sold […]
This fast-growing Gesneriad produces butter-yellow blooms and is easy to grow. It does great in terrariums and seems tolerant of a wide variety of conditions so long as temperatures are moderate (60-80) and humidity is high. The leaves are rather thin, and have a large swath of silver down the center, with silver leaf venation.
This trailing Gesneriad makes an excellent house plant as well as vivarium plant, and blooms often. The flowers and white with tattered edges. It is a very easy species that can grow as a foreground plant or in a hanging basket, where it will grow long pendant vines. It is found in Mexico, Costa Rica, […]
This spectacular Gesneriad is from South America and is a great terrarium Gesneriad for its compact size and slow growth habit. I have struggled to get this plant established for years, only recently having some success with clay substrate. It is common for the lower leaves to rot out if not kept in ideal growing […]