xPhinastema 'California Dreaming' (detail)
Photo by Dale Martens
xP. 'California Dreaming' is Dale Martens' hybrid of Phinea albolineata and Diastema comiferum. The bright reddish purple lobes contrast dramatically with the snow white tube. The colour is surprising, as it reflects neither parent -- P. albolineata is white, D. comiferum is a clear reddish-orange.
This is an important hybrid. It is one of the first intergeneric crosses involving these genera, and it provides an interesting and beautiful addition to the rhizomatous plants available to growers.
A photo of the whole plant better illustrates the tidy and attractive nature of this cultivar.