Achimenes ‘Ambroise Verschaffelt’

This old and beautiful cultivar was growing path-side in the new RHS Wisley glasshouse in October of 2007. A. ‘Ambroise Verschaffelt’ was created in the mid-19th Century, and is at least 150 years old. The fact that it is still in cultivation attests to






Achimenes ‘Purple King’

Exhibited at the 2020 virtual show of the Gesneriad Society. This is a beautiful plant, but the color of the flowers is just a bit more blue than in other photos. Bluish/purple is very difficult to capture photographically. The actual color, according to the Gesneriad Register,



Aeschynanthus parviflorus

This species is widely distributed in the more northerly parts of South Asia, from the eastern foothills of the Himalayas in northern India and Bhutan, through Thailand, southern China, Vietnam and adjacent territories. It is quite common and not considered endangered. There is considerable floral and


Alsobia chiapensis

Originally distributed as Alsobia sp. ‘Chiapas’, the species has been formally named A. chiapensis. It has been crossed with A. punctata, but that seedling is not presently in cultivation. Unlike other species in the genus, A.


Alsobia dianthiflora

Exhibited in the 2020 virtual show of the Gesneriad Society. Alsobia dianthiflora is one of four members of its genus, and is the most compact of the group. While it can be fairly vigorously stoloniferous, the leaves are small and the ultimate size of


Asteranthera ovata

The contrast between the size of the flowers and the size of the leaves is dramatic in this colorful species native to semi-temperate parts of Chile. Additional photos may be seen in a slideshow by clicking one of the links below: A close-up of the



Codonanthe devosiana

Exhibited in the 2020 virtual show of the Gesneriad Society. Codonanthe devosiana is a shrubby species that can grow into a very large plant under proper conditions. It has attractive white flowers, sometimes slightly shaded pinkish on the outside of the lower corolla, and



Columnea ‘Broget Stavanger’

This spectacular specimen was exhibited at the 2020 virtual show of the Gesneriad Society. This cultivar is a variegated sport of the hybrid Columnea ‘Stavanger’ (“Broget” refers to the variegation). According to the Columnea Register, it is likely the same clone as the cultivar 



Columnea gigantea

Another photo, exhibited at the 2020 virtual show of the Gesneriad Society, shows the yellow oblong berry of the species — arguably more decorative than the flowers! Note the red-patterned back of the leaves in both photos. It is thought that the red splotches


Columnea microphylla

Some of the Columnea species, including C. microphylla, produce very long trailing stems, which can stretch for six feet or more from the top of the basket. Flower production can be spectacular, as in this specimen. Some have strongly seasonal habits, and





Drymonia cuyabonensis

This beautiful species has dramatic leaves and dramatic flowers. A photo of a whole foliage plant, exhibited at the 2020 virtual show of the Gesneriad Society, can be seen here.  





Episcia ‘Moonlight Valley’

Episcia ‘Moonlight Valley’ can exhibit a range of shades, and can be darker or lighter than the feature photo above, with more or less red and yellow. The different tones are attributable to cultural conditions, probably mainly the amount of light but also possibly




Gesneria glandulosa

Exhibited in the 2020 virtual show of the Gesneriad Society. A photo of a plant growing “in the wild” in Cuba can be seen can be seen here.



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