Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Sophronitis coccinea 'Fourth Dimension'
My 4N Sophronitis coccinea is in bloom once again, this year with two flowers. I find it a rather slow grower, though it has good form and blooms reliably every spring. The flowers are 7 cm across when fully developed, but when they first open are only 3 cm and get larger over quite a long period of time. This species is known for its brilliant color and small size and has been much used in hybridizing for those reasons. This particular clone is a tetraploid and has extra fine size, shape and substance for that reason. I grow it in a clay pot in sphagnum.