Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Viola grypoceras

I was surprised today to see Viola grypoceras growing in a pot containing a large Agave. They were quite brilliant in the sun, and although they were very leggy, the flowers were large and very prettily coloured. 
 They had self seeded around the Agave, and having gone through a dry period had dried to a crisp. For the last few months I had forgotten all about them, but now had obviously responded to the watering I had given the pot only days before. 
The irony is that I find V. grypoceraas a bit of a weed, and in my garden a bit of a disappointment, I rarely see them in flower and when I do they are almost inconspicuous., they do however still produce lots of seed and are always present in the garden cropping up in the most unexpected places.  
Leggy Viola grypoceras growing around an Agave .

Although they were very leggy, the flowers were unusually large.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tradescantia navicularis

Tradescantias are such common house plants, so it was interesting to discover  an interesting species that differs in many ways from the more common forms. 
It is a native of Mexico an is equipped to deal with hot and dry conditions, having evolved thick succulent leaves, it stays close to the ground in the hottest months, and with the rainy season grows longer stems and finally flowers.

Grown in lean conditions T. navicularis forms colonies of tight succulent leaves.

T.navicularis emerges from lean soil and gravel mulch.