Gesneriad CousinsMonday, August 16, 2010
When I bought this plant, I asked the nursery owner if this is a Guppy Plant, and he quickly said, "No, I don't know." Shortly after that, however, he blurred out, "Goldfish!"
I thought that he gave me a really spontaneous and clever answer. Yup, the flowers really look like goldfish. When I got back, I double-checked the plant ID. He was right... the plant is indeed also called 'Goldfish'!
Copper Leaf plant or Sunset Bells in the pic below came with one given plant. I dug out the little plant (that tagged along with larger given plant) and repotted it into a separate container. The plant took off really well... fast growing and quick to produce attractive 'bells' (flowers).
The plant is not fussy at all and could withstand more light and more water than other Gesneriads I have. It's another wonderful flowering plant to be placed in the bright shade!
Gesneriad family of plants have very interesting growth habits and attractive flowers. They are so appealing. Hmm... now I wonder if there are more plants from this family that I shouldn't miss out on. Please recommend ok ;-)
Else, you can share which plant from this family you love best or growing well in your garden. I love to hear from you!