Monday, June 6, 2011

Seemannia sylvatica, Goldfish Plant

Seemannia sylvatica syn Gloxinia sylvatica
Growing to about 30 cm, this is a neat small shrub to grow under a deciduous tree to provide some winter colour in a frost free climate. The small tubular flowers are shaped like goldfish and the stems are equally bright and felty in texture. For those who experience a colder winter it also makes an ideal indoor plant . I have mine in a decorative container which sits on an outdoor table in full sun and I will probably plant it out in the garden come spring. Propagation could be carried out in summer from stem cuttings and cutting grown plants would flower the following autumn.

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