First L.g. ‘Thailand Giant’ and Ruellia simplex Flowers for 2019

Leucocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ on 9-3-19, #622-3.

Hello everyone! I took a photo of the first Leucocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ flower on Tuesday but I hadn’t posted it yet. This morning, as I was starting to write the post, I thought I better check to see if it had a second one already.

 

Leucocasia gigantea ‘Thailand Giant’ second flower on 9-6-19, #624-7.

Sure enough, it already has a second flower. I think the one I grew in 2017 produced twelve by the time it got ZAPPED in October.

As I was going up the steps to back inside, I noticed something else trying to hide…

 

Ruellia simplex (Mexican Petunia) first flower on 9-6-19, #624-10.

The Ruellia simplex Mrs. Wagler gave me is FINALLY starting to flower. The Ruellia simplex I grew before were pink, so I am very glad these are blue.

 

Ruellia simplex buds on 6-9-19, #624-12.

More buds are a good sign of more flowers to come. Of course, I will keep you posted. 🙂

As usual, one photo led to another then another…

 

Colocasia ‘Distant Memory’ on 9-6-19, #624-3.

I still think these funky smaller leaves are weird. I am sure there is a proper name for these appendages but funky is good enough until I find out. NORMAL Colocasia esculenta do not do this so it is no telling what is in its bloodline. A little of this, a little of that… GEEZ! What kind of a monster will be lurking under the porch some morning? 🙂 For sure, this is not a “normal” Colocasia esculenta which is why the species name isn’t used…

 

Colocasia ‘Coffee Cups’ on 9-6-19, #624-1.

I had to post another photo of the Colocasia ‘Coffee Cups’ because she was waving her newest and largest leaf at me. I was joking around with her pretending I didn’t notice. Some Aroid experts have been trying to confuse each other by saying ‘Coffee Cups’ is a variety, form or whatever of Colocasia esculenta. It was originally found in the wild in Indonesia and looks nothing like any Colocasia esculenta. She is secretly whispering Colocasia fontanesii in my ear. 🙂

That’s it for now. I will be back very soon! Until then, you know the drill. Be safe, stay positive, and so on.

8 comments on “First L.g. ‘Thailand Giant’ and Ruellia simplex Flowers for 2019

  1. skyeent says:

    Beautiful flowers. I’m very tempted to try growing Colocasia. It may need the polytunnel though, those big leaves would get shredded outside here.

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    • Hello Nancy! You may be right about the Colocasia needing to be in the polytunnel there. Their leaves flop around quite a bit and I haven’t experienced any problems with them in high winds during storms. Its almost like they are on a hinge. I noticed the petioles on a friend’s Colocasia bending after the last storm which could be a problem. The only time the leaves would get damaged is if they are hitting something or something hits them. I have found sticks stuck in mine. Alocasia would be pretty much the same, but their upright leaves act as a sail as there is no “hinge”. 🙂 I have concrete blocks around my biggest plant (it’s pot) so it won’t blow over. But, in your polytunnel, I would say they would feel right at home. Thanks for the comment!

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  2. tonytomeo says:

    Do calocasia flowers smell objectionable? I am surprised by how man of the arums have appealing fragrance. Most that I know lack noticeable fragrance.

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