Diastema comiferum

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.

 

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