Year Introduced: 1982
Highly desirable for its superb foliage. Absolutely will not tolerate overwatering. or having water sitting in its crown. Rooted cuttings and young plants susceptible to botrytis if watered from above, overwatered, or overpotted. Prefers especially free draining compost, easily achieved by adding plenty of extra perlite or grit. (Not vermiculite, this holds water.) If taking your own cuttings, use a really free draining compost, e.g. 1/2 perlite or horticultural grit, and don't keep the compost or the atmosphere constantly very damp. Well worth the extra effort and care.
Flowers similar to those of Tom West, but the growth habit and variegation are very different.
Tube: Bold bright red, slender.
Sepals: Red, held 1/3 down, slender.
Corolla: Dark purple, reddish purple at base, little or no flare.
Foliage: Heavily mottled, (even when leaves mature) in cream, green and pinkish purple.
|Small (1.5 - 3cm)||#|
|H3 (Min 1°C to -5°C)||#|