Columnea schiedeana


I had a longer post planned for today but it turns out that I need to do more research on the subject. I arrived home late last night from the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival so have not had a lot of extra time this week to write.

So, in the meantime, let’s talk a little bit about a Guest Gesneriad that I like enough to recommend as an unusual plant to try out. This one is known for its pretty flowers and the fact that it’s fairly easy to grow. I think that it has handled regular indoor conditions well, but it needs to be kept moist and placed in an east facing window.

I have to say that my Columnea schiedeana languished for months but it was likely due to its change of residence. Last year I took on the care of a lot of plants when a long-time Mt Hood Gesneriad Society member sold his home and greenhouse. This was one of his plants that came home with me, and for a long time I wasn’t even sure it had the correct ID since nothing changed—but then this happened.

My plan now is to keep it where it is, and in a few more months I will grow it outdoors once we warm up a bit more. This is one of those plants that fits perfectly into my patio plant category.

(Columnea schiedeana is originally from Mexico.)


Learn About Gesneriads this Sunday at Cornell Farm in SW Portland



Please come see me this Sunday between 3-4pm as I give folks a brief introduction to GESNERIADS!!!

Members of the Mt Hood Gesneriad Society will also have a few plants for sale too to raise funds for the club! We’ll have a few folks on hand to answer questions for you too.

(Be sure to RSVP through the link above.)

I hope to see you there!


My Friend’s Houseplant Blooms


This past weekend I visited with one of my plant friends and I asked her if I could share some pictures of her blooms. We spent some time catching up and it was great to see how much her garden had grown. Gardening friends are great, right?

We purchased many of these plants together just over a year ago and it really is a lot of fun to watch them grow and bloom. Gesneriads are simply so amazing when in bloom and I recommend that everyone have at least one.

Unknown Chirita.
Unknown Streptocarpus.
Unknown Streptocarpus.
Thunbergia grandiflora.

My Newest Gesneriad: Kohleria


After a rough evening of therapeutic foster parenting—that had been preceded by three other difficult days and evenings with the same 10-year-old client—when my husband arrived home last night I knew that the first thing I would do when I gained my freedom today was run up the hill to the spring plant sale put on by the Portland African Violet Society. As usual, I was not disappointed, and as always, it was the calm and soothing plant purchasing experience I needed on a day like today.

I am just a novice when it comes to my knowledge of African Violets and their many lovely cousins, but from what I have been learning from watching last year’s acquisitions over the past seven months or so, these plants are just a lovely addition to any collection of houseplants and for those of us who want to see blooms and blooms, these do not seem to disappoint.

One of today’s purchases was this Kohleria “Tropical Night” plant. As can be seen in the photo, it was hard to miss at the sale and I was really excited once I put it in the windowsill upon my arrival home. Though it will grow quite a bit more in the coming months, its lush tropical Central American beauty just warmed my heart and melted away something tired inside of me. What I’m left with after that is my continual and ongoing fascination with African Violet folks, and an earache I just cannot get rid of from this horrible head cold I’ve contracted sometime in the last few days.

Gesneriaceae: Streptocarpus "Spin Art"


This amazing little bloom has cheered me up immensely. I purchased the little start back during the fall with a friend at one of the Portland African Violet Society sales here in Portland. Up until then, I’d always enjoyed African Violets, but now I really love them, and their other family members too. This is Streptocarpus “Spin Art”. It was hybridized by Thompson and has been available for some time now. It is very popular and I can see why. The gourd planter it is currently housed in is a vintage Red Wing Pottery hanging planter I bought a year or two ago. I love how it showcases the bloom.