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Fiesta Bomarea

Here's a flower that will stop people in their tracks!  This Bomarea is an exciting, rare vine from the mountains of South America.  Bomareas are closely related to Alstroemeria, the "Peruvian Lily" seen in flower arrangements.  This one puts on a fireworks show of multi-colored blooms that are among the most spectacular in the plant world.  I gave it the name "Fiesta" -- it is an undetermined species from Ecuador.  Freshly picked seeds are almost never seen for sale.

Fiesta Bomarea

The vine is evergreen, with long shoots that emerge from tubers.  The attractive shoots grow 10 to 15 feet long, although they may be kept shorter.  Mature plants can bloom all year long, unlike many other Bomareas.  The clusters are unusually large and can contain 60 or more blooms!  Each flower has brilliant scarlet petals with a speckled, yellow "skirt," and topped with a purplish "cap".  They remind me of a flamenco dancer's dress!

Fiesta Bomarea

Even in winter, the clusters are spectacular!

Most Bomareas prefer mild temperatures and cooler nights.  It's possible that this one will not perform well if temperatures consistently get above 85 degrees F (30 C), especially if nights are warm (65F / 18C).  The foliage may be killed by frost, but the tubers should be hardy to at least 25 degrees F (-4 C).  Still, i recommend protecting the plant from freezing temperatures.  You may grow it in a 5 gallon (20 liter) container and move it indoors for the winter.

Fiesta Bomarea

A view from behind

The plant prefers part sunlight, with some protection from strong afternoon sun.  Give it something to twine itself around, like a trellis.  If the shoots grow too tall, simply wrap them down and around the trellis.  It grows well in fertile, well-draining soil that is kept evenly moist.  Over about 40% humidity is recommended.

Bomarea plants & seeds are rarely seen for sale, and when they are, they are often of uncertain flower color.  I guarantee that mine are the genuine "Fiesta" shown above.

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