Arthrostemma parvifolium is a a Melastome that occurs from Mexico to El Salvador, and is wonderfully suited to terrarium culture. It often stays under 12″ but can get at least 18″ in some growing conditions. It forms a small bush and beautiful pink magenta flowers that are easy to pollinate and produce a lot of […]
This rex type Begonia is a vigorous grower that does well in a terrarium or a windowsill, provided it doesn’t dry out too much. It has beautiful silvery leaves with reddish-purple leaf venation.
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 small rosette-forming Peperomia is a wonderful terrarium specimen, only reaching 6-8 inches and having a very compact growth habit. It is easy to grow and has wonderfully marked leaves, with a wide silvery-green stripe down the midvein, and dark maroon and red on the rest of the leaf. Peperomia metallica is a Colombian species, […]
This wonderful Rhodospatha from Ecuador has exceptional purple foliage. It is rather large compared to the Rhodospathas I’ve seen but is still rather small. The leaves reach about 2.5-4 inches, and stay a beautiful silvery purple. Before new leaves unfurl, they appear red. It likes to climb, and I can’t imagine it would do very […]
This charming little Marcgravia is a smaller species, capable of producing larger leaves in terrarium conditions but most often keeping the 1/4 leaves. Foliage is a nice scalloped shape with purple new growth. As the plant matures, it will take on a purple-green. *note* there are two species of Marcgravia in the images shown here. […]
Another SE Asian species, this one, unfortunately, did not come with more precise locality data. It’s lobed leaves come out very green and very fuzzy, slowly reaching about 4″ in length. I’ve not had it very long so I cannot say for certain this is its mature size. Flowers are magenta and diminutive.
This oddball plant from Ecuador is on the temperamental side, and seems to prefer sphagnum over clay or potting soil. It likes low-medium light and has a beautiful purple leaf underside. It grows well on a horizontal branch, and with time may even grow up a mostly vertical surface. So far, it has only reached […]
This rare Philodendron is from Ecuador and has just made its way into cultivation. I have not seen it offered for sale in the US. It is a smaller, more purple verrucosum, staying a similar size (so far) to the dwarf type offered, with 4-5″ leaves. I cannot say for certain that it would not […]
This small Melastome is a wonderfully polite Melastome for the terrarium, only reaching about 12″ tall, with slow-growing, compact rosettes. It can be propagated by taking a cutting containing a few leaves and at least two inches of stem, in sphagnum. I’ve tried taking smaller cuttings, leaf cuttings, putting them in potting soil, and it […]
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 Melastome stays under 5″, and is propagated easily with leaf cuttings (as pictured here). In bright light it is the color below, and in moderate-low light it is a deep purple red.