Unusual Forms

Monday, October 04, 2010

The blooms below may look spooky to some, he he... They will first grow its long 'tresses' then only the flowers. And as the flowers age they will turn slightly yellow.

These flowers release a mild fragrant, grow in clusters and look really extraordinary compared with other 'prettier' blooms in my garden.



The Spider Tresses plant below meanwhile took a couple of months to send out its vine, climbing up to about two feet high on the bamboo trelles. The plant is grown in full sunlight and it seems to be fine with that.




The other plant that has amazing form in my garden is the Butterfly Plant. Their leaves look like butterflies in flight...



I am growing this plant in the bright shade whereas my mother-in-law grows it in full sunlight. The plant seems to like both conditions. The soil has to be kept moist all the time and away from dry wind, else those pretty 'butterflies' will just dry up and fall to the ground. When this happens, I prune the stems and let it re-grow.



These two plants were given by my mother-in-law in June and I am glad that they are growing well :-D

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35 comments

  1. Beautiful, unusual and healthy too! Always a pleasure to see what's happening in your garden. :)

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  2. Those are very unique plants! They truly remind me of butterflies!

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  3. Meems from Hoe and shovel has this plant in her Florida garden. Its name is Christia Obcordata or swallowtail plant. It is such an unusual plant. I would love to have this in my garden.

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  4. Both are really unusual. I have not seen them . Both are beautiful.

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  5. have not seen a Butterfly plant before.

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  6. These are both beautiful plants. The blooms of the first one are to die for and that foliage in the second picture is so whimsical. What awesome plants you have.

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  7. I love the butterfly leaves. I am trying to get my neighbour to give me some of hers but hers is fully red with purple/blue flowers. As usual, you seem to have the most unique plants and flowers in your garden. Keep it up!

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  8. Stephanie, you are really a lead in growing unusual plants! I've observed that long ago with your posts, and i envy your collections. These 2 new ones are both unknown to me, haven't seen them yet too. I love especially those butterfly plants, they seem like man-made decors on sticks. I will put a link of this in my present blog about butterflies, so they have an option to see real butterflies, or plant butterflies. thanks.

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  9. Butterfly plant look so pretty! They grow from cutting?
    I never seen the spider Tresses plant before! You have many unique plants!

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  10. These two plants are new to me ... and they do have the WOW factor! I just love those flowers on the Spider Tresses plant ... so different! Who could resist the gorgeous leaves on the Butterfly Plant ... so stunning. Wonderful plants ... thanks for sharing.

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  11. Such beautiful flowers you have in your garden.

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  12. They are beautiful and unusual. I've seen those fully red butterflies in my MIL's garden but I think they have all flown off or like you said, dried up.

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  13. Hah hah :) Once again you have found plants that are like from another planet!

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  14. Those are two of the most unusual plants I've ever seen. That spider tresses bloom is absolutely stunning! Wow, I might could actually get over my phobia of vines for that beauty!

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  15. Hi Stephanie. How fantastic and beautiful are these two plants. I love the long tresses and the Butterfly plant has the right name to go with it. The blooms look like beautiful butterflies.

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  16. Indeed very rare looking plants you have there Steph..Spider Tresses are they an orchid specie, havent seen them before..and those butterflies look so real!

    Thank you so much for founding out abt my 'beautiful weed' and its name.. you are just amazing!

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  17. I have not seen the Spider Tresses before. Unusual but pretty flower. I almost bought the Butterflies plant from the nursery once! I like the gentle look and amazing shape of the leaves. I should probably think about getting them again!
    Thanks!

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  18. Hi Stephanie,

    I never saw these plants before! Rita was right, it's like from another planet!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Jenny;~))

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  19. Wah...very cantik that flower...have not seen it before.

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  20. Always great conversation pieces when unusual looking plants adorn our gardens.

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  21. Beautiful, Steph. Your "spooky" flower reminds me of Tacca chantrieri.

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  22. Stephanie does the spider tresses grow by seed? I would love to get some seeds to try it here.

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  23. wow, those spider tresses are really fascinating - and definitely a little bit spooky!

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  24. Steph, I find the Spider Tresses very unique bloom and the Butterfly Plant truly live up to its name. The amazing foliage looks like butterflies flitting, floating & flying in the air.

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  25. These are unique plants and I've not heard about them or seen them. Wow...I envy your collection! Beautiful!!!

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  26. Malar, the butterfly leaf plant was grown from cutting. The spider tresses plant was bought but can be propagated by cutting too.

    One, yup flown off ha ha...

    Andrea, thanks!

    Prospero, Tacca chantrieri plant is 'spookier'!

    islandgal246, from my reading, spider tresses can be grown by seed. I'll let you know if the plant flourish seeds. But now I didn't see any yet ;-)

    All, glad you find the plants interesting and unique as well :-D

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  27. Stephanie, I do love your exotic, unusual plants.
    I adore the one with the tresses and also the papillon plant. They are really extraordinary and you grow both very well.

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  28. Wow! I love your butterfly plant :) Is it easy to grow? Do you think I can grow it in my balcony?

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  29. WOW ! so nice and lucky you to have them growing in your garden!

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  30. Deborah, yes you can.

    Thanks Zindagi, Titania :-D

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  31. The butterfly plant is really interesting. I have never seen such a cool looking leaf!

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  32. I have both the green and the maroon one.seems like the marron one will set seedpods easily compared to the green one.what about yours?

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  33. Both fantastic!
    But the Spider Tresses plant (Strophantus preussii) is truly outstanding!!
    Thanks for introducing me to them!

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  34. Hope you can find one to plant soon Keith :-D

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  35. I have the purple variant of the butterfly plant, Steph. I'm thinking of getting some of the striped ones to mix and match with it. Maybe you should try that too..:D

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