Home

Strange Wonderful Things

Rare and exotic plants & seeds

Turquoise Puya

Pearcea hypocyrtiflora

Welcome to the strange, wonderful Pearcea hypocyrtiflora from the rain forests of Ecuador.  This showy African Violet relative makes weird, inflated blooms that are bright orange and tipped with magenta, looking like exotic mushrooms.  It also has super-attractive variegated leaves with pink and lime green veins.  The plant is hard to find, but it's easy to grow when given warm, humid conditions.

Pearcea hypocyrtiflora

Pearcea hypocyrtiflora is a low-growing plant that spreads from the base, looking great in a terrarium or a hanging planter.  The leaves grow from 4 to 7 inches long, with a heavily crinkled texture and covered with fine hairs.  Throughout the year, the flowers rise above the foliage atop 4 inch stems.  These fuzzy, balloon-like blooms have a magenta opening that is unusually tiny.  You might be able to cross-breed them with other Pearcea species to create new hybrids.

Pearcea hypocrytiflora

This is a tropical species that prefers mild to warm conditions all year.  It grows well for me indoors with day temperatures in the mid-70s (24C) and nights around 65F (18C).  I haven't tried it in cooler conditions, but i suspect it will be unhappy below 55-60F (13-16C).  It grows well in lower light conditions.  It needs protection from strong, direct sun.  Give it a loose soil mix that's kept evenly moist (but not soggy).  A typical soil mix is 3 parts perlite to 2 parts coir fiber or peat moss.  Or use equal parts of long-fiber sphagnum moss and perlite.  Over about 60% humidity is best for this rain forest plant.  It might adapt to lower humidity, but it may not flower reliably.

Pearcea hypocyrtiflora

Check availability

 

 

Home

Strange Wonderful Things

Rare and exotic plants & seeds

Turquoise Puya

Entire site Copyright 2003-2017 by Strange Wonderful Things, except as noted