Columnea schiedeana

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  • Photographer: Leslie Ann Miller
  • Grown by: Leslie Ann Miller

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Columnea schiedeana is a relatively easy-to-grow species. It has a branching and spreading habit, with quite woody stems spreading horizontally from their base. It does not trail vertically. The feature plant above was exhibited in the 2021 virtual show of the Gesneriad Society.

The flowers are quite unique, in that they are mottled in a deep maroon against a mid-yellow background. They are pendant beneath the branches, held at a horizontal angle from pedicels that are about 3 cm. long. The flowers are noticeably hairy.

Like most Columneas, C. schiedeana prefers a well-drained medium and moderate fertilization. It should be watered only when fairly dry, but not allowed to completely dry out. An eastern window is an optimal location — the plants prefer bright light without too much direct sun. Some species, such as this one, do well outside in the summer. C. schiedeana is a good plant for the hobbyist grower.

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