Diastema comiferum

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  • Photographer: Leslie Brothers, copyright Smithsonian Institution
  • Grown by: Smithsonian Institution greenhouses
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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 whole plant can be seen by clicking here, and an older photo of a show plant here.

Dale Martens has produced a fine intergeneric hybrid involving D. comiferum. It is xPhinastema ‘California Dreaming’, a cross with Phinaea albolineata.