Photo by Ron Myhr
Most of the Diastemas have white flowers with some purple markings. D. comiferum is most unusual, with its brilliant red flowers and attractive habit. It made a very big splash when first shown during the early 1990s. Like all Diastemas, D. comiferum produces scaly rhizomes, and is adapted to periods of dormancy. A closer view of a show plant can be seen by clicking here, and of the flowers of another specimen here.
Dale Martens has produced a fine intergeneric hybrid involving D. comiferum. It is xPhinastema 'California Dreaming', a cross with Phinaea albolineata.