xPhinastema ‘California Dreaming’

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  • Photographer: Ron Myhr
  • Grown by: Bill Price

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This fine cultivar, a hybrid by Dale Martens of Phinaea albolineata and Diastema comiferum, is well worth growing by anyone who fancies the rhizomatous gesneriads. It is unusual that a hybrid would have a flower color so different from its parents — D. comiferum, the pollen parent, is a bright red, and P. albolineata is a clear white.

This is an important hybrid, the first between these two genera — it demonstrated the possibilities for new plant forms and flower colors within the rhizomatous group.

The plant shown above was exhibited at the 2006 convention of the Gesneriad Society. Additional photos can be seen in a slideshow by clicking one of the links below: