Texture & Shape…
And the many varieties I keep coming across and being in awe of along this floral journey. There are the soft, delicate petals of the Superstition Mallow…The round shape of the 100 thousand petals that create the Teddy Bear Sunflower…The spiky metallic sphere of the Globe Thistle…The Kooshball likeness of the Pink Powder Puff. Each so unique, as is this cylinder cone, fuzzy budding bloom…
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points of interest
Upright stems and elliptical foliage are velvety on this small shrub. Flowers are tubular and bright orange; throat is yellow and orange spots appear on the 5-lobed face. Root system is rhizomatous, allowing for easy propagation. Disperses freely by seed in its native habitat of river banks, coastal cliffs and roadsides; it can be rather weedy. A popular houseplant due to their showy flowers and ease of growing.
Grow in bright filtered or indirect light in a soil-based planting medium. Maintain high humidity, 65 degree farenheit temps, moist soil during growing season and dry soil during winter dormancy.
friday’s flower fact
Kohlerias were very popular in Europe in the 19th century due to their colorful and exotic appearance and appeared in many horticultural magazines. Unfortunately, they almost entirely disappeared in the early 20th century, but are now making a comeback.
Botanical Name | Kohleria spicata
Family | Gesneriaceae
Type | Subshrub
Origin | Central and South America
Zone | 10
Flower Height | 2-4’
Flower Diameter | 1”
Kew, Royal Botanic Gardens, England
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