"Blooming Boxes" Maroon-rimmed stout rubbery fishbone leaves rigidly ranked on handsome erect trunks; terminal inflorescence of showy yellow flowers, each peeping from a bizarre dangling four-sided box-like bract, followed by a dazzling "proliferation" of plantlets. Madagascar native with the "Byrophyllum" urge--but adventituous plantlets form more typically on the ripe inflorescence rather than on the ridged edges of the succulent leaves ( this species must have seen a slide show of asexual Agaves somewhere along the line). Rather curiously, this rubbery, extremely handsome, sculpture has become quite popular as an addition to summertime urns as an accent plant in recent years. If planted directly in your greenhouse's floor, this gentle giant can easily top eight feet by the time its enormous candelabra of blossoms crowns the erect succulent trunk. It also seems quite content in a small clay pot on your windowsill.
|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.×