I’ve had this plant for a few years now and up until now, it has been putting out mostly purple leaves with pale leaf venation. It’s overall appearance isn’t that exciting. This month, however, I was shocked to see an entirely different looking leaf on this species, which looked so unalike the typical growth I thought it was a hitchhiker that I was just now noticing. It has bright green leaf venation and leaf tips. Had I not checked to […]
This is a really distinctive Solanum species due to its color and hairiness! New growth looks the same as mature growth and is a deep purple with slightly greenish-white venation. The leaves stay small, under 1/2 inch. Surprisingly it does well growing semi-aquatically as well, especially if it has something to climb. It looks especially nice next to Ficus villosa and other hairy cryptic plants.
There is a section of the genus Solanum, that at least in their juvenile stage are perfect for terrariums. This section, Herpystichum is noted for it’s trailing and climbing habits and it’s adventitiously rooting at the nodes. There are 10 species, and supposedly these have narrow distributions. In recent years, there have been multiple introductions of very similar looking plants from Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador. All have fallen into the catch all name of S. evolvulifolium. While the juveniles all look very […]