One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Okay, it's not a florist Gloxinia, still it's an attrative enough flower....Hemiboea subcapitata
The few references I found seem to give the flowers no respect. I guess everything's relative. We got these plants last fall and wintered them over in the greenhouse. They were evergreen inside; this winter we'll find out how they do in the weather. The leaves are pleasantly glossy and dark green. They are thriving in the two places we put them. Neither site has great soil. Both do have consistent moisture and some sun, more shade. If this plant is hardy it could make a quite pleasant groundcover. Ours have grown rapidly and have the sheen and color of happy plants. Stay tuned for next April!