Sinningia tubiflora

Photo by Ron Myhr
Grown at Kew Gardens, UK

These are fresh sprouts of S. tubiflora, not yet exhibiting the large white fragrant flowers for which it is admired.  This species often produces a number of smallish tubers strung along thick roots, which allows it to spread out from a central initial growing point.  Immediately behind the bright green narrow leaves of tubiflora is a post-flowering plant of Smithiantha 'Little One'.

This is an interesting instance of the naturalistic planting schemes one finds at Kew.  Other examples may be seen here and here.

 

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