Dichorisandra: Greenhouse Plants

T – tropical, minimum of 18°C (65°F)

Family: Commelinaceae

Tropical America

These are closely related to Tradescantia and are like giant, mostly upright versions of them. A little difficult to obtain they make lovely plants as the flowers and foliage are attractive. Dichorisandra thyrsiflora from Brazil grows to 1.2 m (4 ft) in height, the stems bearing deep green sheathing leaves. The flowers which are mostly borne in summer and autumn are a dark intense blue with bright yellow anthers. D. reginae is smaller with leaves attractively marked with silver. D. mosaica has dark roundish green leaves the surfaces of which are traced with white lines and have reddish-purple undersides. The flower, produced in autumn, is clear blue with yellow anthers. They must have tropical conditions to do anything other than survive although plants can be kept cooler and drier during winter. Peat-based compost is preferable. Propagation is easily carried out by division or cuttings. Seed can be germinated at 21-24°C (70-75°F).

13. July 2013 by admin
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