"Air Plant" or "Miracle Leaf" Most famous "Bryophyllum" for each of the ornately notched leaves produce clinging adventitious plantlets along their margins; these plantlets will form even when the mature leaf is wrenched from the stout stems and pinned to a curtain. (And if you remember those ads and drawings in the Sunday paper, you have dated yourself considerably.) Native to an astounding range geographically--Americas, Australia, Asia, Africa, etc.--but probably originated in Madagascar. Forms a handsome upright succulent subshrub with curious winter flowers (clusters of hanging tubular blossoms with showy inflorescence calyx streaked red); a basic houseplant from Victorian times, still in demand today by kids of all ages. And newly popular as a tropical herb with rumored various health benefits.
|Cultural Code||HP TGH|
Some of you grow only indoors, some only in terrariums; many of you have hobby greenhouses; while a growing number of customers live in subtropical or tropical areas of the world. These brief codes are an attempt to suggest whether or not a particular plant will do well in your particular conditions.
If an entry has the cluster HP CGH, this means normal house plant culture will be successful if the plant is given a cool CGH moist location; however if the entry has the cluster CGH HP, you would interpret this to suggest that while Cool Greenhouse conditions are needed for total success with this plant, House Plant conditions will be adequate, while not ideal. If the cluster is HH CGH you would interpret this to mean that while in Zone 8 or below this will be winter hardy outdoor, further north it will need considerable mulch, a cold frame, or a Cool Greenhouse to thrive. And so on.×