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 well without a vertical surface to grow up, for the size and weight of the leaves.
This pretty little Rhodospathas leaves only get about 2.5″ inches, and it seems to do best when climbing up a semi-vertical surface. It will also grow up a totally vertical surface but so far mine hasn’t gotten as tall this way. It has a shimmery texture and is rather slow growing, and doesn’t like too much light. It will get really pale and bleached out if kept in high light, and is an excellent plant for the foreground of taller […]
While a small number of Rhodospathas have made it into the terrarium hobby, none are as special (at least in my eyes) as this unknown glaucous colored species from Peru. There is at least one species from Ecuador that wins in terms of brightness of color (that color being red), but even that one isn’t as exquisite as species Glaucous. Of course this statement is debatable, and comes down to personal tastes. The combination of the bright pink new growth that turns […]
Rhodospathas are a very overlooked genus for use in the terrarium. Many pretty ones come from Ecuador and Peru. Some were even introduced en masse via tissue culture over a decade ago, but are still not very often seen in terrariums. They are relatively slow growing, and are either small or willing to stay in the juvenile form. The new growths are usually colorful, adding a bit of color without overwhelming the plantings. Several cuttings growing up a branch or background would […]