New territory – Incarvillea delavayi

Little plants series IV

Maybe not a really little plant but it deserves a mention because I highly underestimated it (and it also sits in a container with little plants). From the little tuber I showed in the spring as Incarvillea ‘Snowtop’ (true that it was on top of snow), it came in flower as the pink Incarvillea delavayi. It has flowered for weeks, pink trumpet after pink trumpet, and more than that, one morning I got to watch a cool spider establishing a new territory between its flowers.

How to expect so much from such a tiny tuber?!

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7 replies
    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      You’re right! – hope I’ll see it next year too :) Incarvillea is almost unknown here, although after what happened I have to say it is worth growing it even if short lived: easy germination, flowering in the second year with these showy flowers…the balance goes in its favor.

  1. Amy Olmsted
    Amy Olmsted says:

    Those flowers are so tropical looking it’s hard to believe they can survive up here in the frozen north! I grew a G. mairei from seed and it sent up one gorgeous bloom this year!

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Yeah, they don’t look like belonging to a hardy, perennial plant, that’s for sure! I had I. mairei seeds too but not germination…I saw a picture with a wild mountain meadow where Incarvillea was growing together with Roscoea cautleoides (somewhere in China) – great combination to reproduce in a spot with good drainage!

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Thank you. I took many more with the spider actually, but I wanted to show the flowers here (not a common spider,hope to ID it when I’ll have time).

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