Streptocarpus eylesii

Photo by Ron Myhr
Grown by Ron Myhr

I grew S. eylesii, a unifoliate strep, for almost two years before it flowered. During that time it suffered a couple of periods of intense drought, but survived nicely. Part of the leaf died back each time, as has been reported in nature for these plants, which live through several seasonal cycles before flowering and then dying. Under natural conditions, or a more conducive cultivated environment, the leaf will grow much larger and the plant will produce a great many flowers, as can be seen here.

The large attractive flowers were a pleasant surprise, but they had no scent detectable by me, although some clones of the species have a clearly detectable odor.

 

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