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Atlanta Botanical Garden. July 2003. Besides the attractive flowers, Calanthe discolor has a very interesting textured leaf. It reminds one of Carludovica 'Jungle Drums', a richly folded and textured tropical foliage plant.

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Calanthe
aristulifera
ht: 40-60cm
fc: tepals pink, lips white
infl: often nodding
ch: USFA 8
   

 

     
Calanthe
discolor
var. bicolor
fc: tepals light yellow, lip marked red or not
ns: the botanical taxon does not always sound identical to
ns: what is sold in the trade now as C. bicolor.
   

 

     
Calanthe
discolor
'Eco Rose'
ha: vigorous, multiplying well in production
fc: tepals rose, lips pinkish-white
or: Eco Gardens GA USA
li: Schmid, W.G. 2002. An enc. of shade perennials. Timber Press.
li: p. 124
   

 

     
Calanthe
discolor
'Eco White'
fc: tepals creamy-white, lips white, pure white from a distance
fq: floriferous
or: Eco Gardens GA USA
li: Schmid, W.G. 2002. An enc. of shade perennials. Timber Press.
li: p. 124
   

 

     
Calanthe
discolor
var. sieboldii
(C. sieboldii,
C. striata, C. striata
'Sieboldii')
fc: tepals some shade of yellow
eval: 'Takane' hybrids are a reliable, improved strain from it.
   

 

     
Calanthe
discolor
var. sieboldii
'Takane'
fc: variable from seed, tepals usually yellow, lips whitish
li: Schmid, W.G. 2002. An enc. of shade perennials. Timber Press.
li: p. 124
   

 

     
Calanthe 'Kozu Spice' ('Kozu', 'Kozu Hybrids')
(C. discolor x
C. izu-insularis)
ht: 12 in. - sometimes larger in warm climates
ha: vigorous, superior in most gardens than either parent species
fc: mixed shades, ranging from near pure white to rich bicolors of
fc: white/pink, pink/red, and yellow/red.
ff: clove-scented in most cases
or: Japan
li: Schmid, W.G. 2002. An enc. of shade perennials. Timber Press.
li: p. 124
eval: this is the most widely seen taxon in gardens and for
eval: good reason.
so:
Plant Delights
   

 

     
Calanthe
nipponica
ns: rarely cultivated but still found on some lists.
   

 

     
Calanthe
reflexa
ht: 30cm
fc: tepals lavender, lips variably white to purple
ch: USDA 8
   

 

     
Calanthe
striata or
C. striata 'Sieboldii' =
C. discolor var.
sieboldii
 
   

 

     
Calanthe
tricarinata
ht: 15 in.
fc: tepals light yellow to greenish, lips white mottled
fc: purplish-brown to red shades. There is room for some good
fc: clones of this to be named.
ch: USDA 7 - perhaps 6 with protection
so:
Plant Delights (Spring 2003 Catalog: 26, with color photo)