September 17, 2009

Fun With Smithiantha and Eucodonia

by Brian C. 

I really enjoy growing Smithianthas and (recently) Eucodonias. Good culture is rewarded by spectacular flowers and velvety foilage. If only I could be more consistent! More information about the joys and difficulties growing these beautiful gesneriads is coming soon to Petal Tones. Ultimately, I would like to cross a Smithiantha with Gloxinia erinoides (if such a cross was possible) to get a smaller plant with a more compact spire of flowers. The Smithiantha is S. 'Pat’s Pets Donkey', a cross between S. cinnabarina and S. canarina. Eucodonia 'Adele' is also shown with a single lavender flower.