|Full Description: Succulent Species Edithcolea Grandis Has a very intricate flower often described to resemble a Persian Carpet. Edithcolea Grandis is not especially hard to grow but can get severe damage if left unprotected in low temps in winter. Also be carefully not to overwater. See detailed growing & more info. below about Edithcolea Grandis.
Common name: Persian carpet flower.
Growth: Edithcolea grandis is a succulent plant with leafless richly branched perennial and decumbent stems with a diameter of 3/4" (2cm) up to 1-1/2" (4cm) at a multi-branched stem and up to 12" (30cm) in length. The glabrous stems are 4 or 5 angled and armed with regularly placed hard and acute spine like teeth or tubercles. The base color of the plant varies from green to red with brownish spots.
Flowers: The bisexual flowers of Edithcolea Grandis are 8 to 13cm in diameter and are formed near the apex of the branches. The flower consists of an outer corolla with 5 corolla lobes (petals), which are fused halfway to the center and a relatively small inner corolla. The outside or back side of the flower is yellow to green. The inside consist of a pale yellow base color with a purple-reddish pattern of spots at the outside that gradually become smaller near the inner corona, which has itself has concentric reddish lines. Long purple hairs are present at the border of the brim of the outer corolla lobes. The remarkable flower is at times described as the Persian carpet flower. The carrion-like smell of the flowers attracts flies and other insects for pollination.
The fruit (follicles) contain a large number of seeds. The oval shaped seeds bear a tuft of hairs (coma) so they can be dispersed with the wind.
Native to: Edithcolea grandis is native to Africa-Northern Somalia and to the Arabian Peninsula-Yemen.
Care: Give porous cactus type soil mix, occasional to light watering in warm months and very little water in winter. Likes temps no lower than 50f in winter, so you may need to greenhouse or grow as a houseplant in winter. Edithcolea Grandis enjoys the warm summer heat and grows best at 80f and up. Give filtered shade to bright but indirect light.
More Info: The genus Edithcolea is named after Miss Edith Cole (1859-1940). She collected the type material for this plant together with Mrs. Lort Philips in 1895, during a botanical expedition (1894-1895) led by Mr. Ethelbert Edward Lort Phillips (1857-1944) from Berbera to the Golis mountains in northern Somalia.
Edithcolea is a monotypic genus with a single species Edithcolea grandis. Once classified in the family Asclepiadaceae, it is now in the subfamily Asclepiadoideae of the dogbane family Apocynaceae.
A smaller variant baylissiana (Lavros & Hardy) has more branched stems that are smaller in diameter (1 to 1.5 cm), shorter (10 cm) average length and are often spirally twisted.
Other uses besides ornamental: The stem of Edithcolea grandis is eaten as a vegetable in Ethiopia and Somalia.
Offered as: Small plant(s) for mail order to all locations. Larger 1 gallon sized plants are available for mail order within the U.S. only or for pick up at our walk in nursery-see link below.
( Below shows several more pictures of Edithcolea grandis in bud, bloom, as close ups & typical growth examples ).
1 gallon sized plant(s) and established specimen sized plant(s) may also available for shipping within the U.S. only or for pick-up as most are very large, so sorry but no international shipping of large plants.
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