Friday, May 20, 2011

Leptotes bicolor var alba

Leptotes bicolor var alba - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI got this Leptotes bicolor var alba 4 years ago when a friend was reducing her collection. It has bloomed and grown well until this year. I has only two flowers and looks a little sickly. I suspect that my trend toward drier winters is at fault.

Leptotes bicolor var alba last year - Plant photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Leptotes (Lpt) has six species that grow in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. They are small stick-like plants that carry large flowers. Leptotes bicolor grows in Brazil and Paraguay in subtropical rainforest and coastal mountains. It is fragrant, needs bright light and good humidity and blooms in late winter.

It seems to have grown into 3 separate clumps and could be divided. I think I won't this year because I have a lot going on and a plant that doesn't need attention between now and the open house on June 18th isn't going to get it.

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