Monday, March 2, 2009

Sanchezia nobilis glaucophylla

Sanchezia nobilis glaucophylla  
above purple Alternanthera dentata
This handsome shrub from Ecuador is not for the faint hearted as the bright variegated foliage is loud and not considered in good taste. It is even more arresting when in flower as the bright terminal panicle flowers are yellow with bright red bracts. Birds love it. It grows well against a hot western facing wall in cooler climates and in semi shade in sub tropical ones.I have yet to convince anyone of its merits so it may just end up in that horticultural dustbin of history like so many other plants.
2017 update: I still have a plant of it in the garden but no longer propagate it for sale.

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