I’ve had fairly good luck ordering plants via online retailers but this group from Logees Greenhouses seriously impressed me. 🙂
Logees’ speedy delivery (9 days from order to doorstep!) and careful packaging are also worth praising. The above photo was taken immediately after I unwrapped each little pot. Look at the dark, moist soil. Amazing, yeah? And not a speck out of place. 🙂
Whenever I receive new plants, I google the bejesus out of them to ensure I site them properly. No problem finding info on the Lady Margaret (red) passionflower or S. Preussii, an African liana with unusual medusa flowers. Big problem researching this one though:
Logees had it listed as “Hemizygia Candy Kisses”…argh!!! Half scientific/half common names make me absolutely bonkers, so I began looking for something more accurate. What I found surprised me!
In 2006, DNA sequencing revealed plants previously placed in the hemizygia genus shared a common evolutionary ancestor with those in the syncolostemon genus. Because this common ancestor was NOT shared by any other plant group, all involved were reclassified as Syncolostemons ➡ big Latin word for minty sagebushes. 🙂 If you’re still following, H. Candy Kisses is now S. Transvaalensis, the variety name given as a nod to its native African region.
All science aside, my new little shrub should be quite pretty! Mature height is 2 to 3ft with width about the same. When it blooms, purple/pink flowers will spike high above the foliage.
Despite its small size, S. transvaalensis is well adapted to rebounding from (brief) hard freezes or scorching fires due to a starchy swelling of its root crown known as a lignotuber. The lignotuber contains buds from which new stems sprout and a sufficient store of nutrients to keep them growing until photosynthesis kicks in again. Pretty amazing stuff!!!
Before I close, one last close look at its reddish stems and somewhat waxy leaves:
Until next time…..
🙂 🙂 🙂