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Dicliptera suberecta is sometimes seen now in the US as a summer annual. I'd never been impressed until spying these plants at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in summer 2003. The plants were dense, very silvery, and had some very floriferous portions. The sheen of the foliage together with this nice shade of reddish-orange is decidely different. Different these days is good.

Until recently it had just been  a favorite for winter-blooming in conservatories around the world though decidely rare.

I'll not pretend to know much about this Uruguayan oddity but I will say I like it's potential for further selection and breeding.

Click the image to enlarge.

LCH