Columnea schiedeana

Photo by Ron Myhr
Grown by Ron Myhr

 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 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.

The mottled flowers show up particularly well against the light (see C. schiedeana backlit), when they have an almost stained-glass-effect.  A flower cluster illustrates the potentially floriferous nature of this easy-to-grow species.  A whole plant can be seen here.  A plain yellow form of the species can be seen here.

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