Friday, 5 August 2022

Setaria palmifolia retpela pitpit wantaim waitpela mak

Setaria palmifolia retpela pitpit wantaim waitpela mak
A bit of a mouthful this one - I'm told the name is from Papua New Guinea where it was collected by Nathalie Simonsson. A remarkable variegated form which at first I mistook for some sort of Cordyline. The same broad, palm like pleated leaves as the species, but deep maroon, with striking pink edges. 
Setaria palmifolia retpela pitpit wantaim waitpela mak
A dramatic foliage plant which, if it proves anything like as hardy as the normal green form, is sure to be a huge hit for exotic designs. If not, it will be certainly be a stunning specimen for a pot or cold house. 
£15

Cardiocrinum cordatum red flowered form

Cardiocrinum cordatum red
Actually I’d describe the flowers of this form as a deep chocolate brown, with paler edges. Otherwise typical of the species – the bulbs take a few years to get big enough to flower – during which time it produces rosettes of glossy arum-like leaves. Then, one spring it’ll produce a 12in stem with several 6in long flowers. 
Cardiocrinum cordatum red
Mine have taken 6 years to start flowering from seed. Some should flower next year while others have flowered and will be making several off-sets, ready to flower in a few years time. Best in moist woodland conditions but surprisingly tolerant of recent dry summers here.
£15