Re: [IGSROBIN] Formosum hybrids
From what I recall, a plant was found growing in a courtyard of a Mexican
hotel by Milton Arndt and it was called formosum because it was thought to
have arrived via a Japanese ship. Later Holmes Miller decided that "Five
Fingered" was a more appropriate descriptive name.
There's not very many varieties, and they all tend to be quite stocky and
dense. I've found that I need to pinch growth out of the middle to keep the
plant healthy, and I'm careful not to overwater for the same reason. It gets
so dense that it tends to get botrytis very easily. Very slow growing
plants. I have the following:
'Red Witch' (double red)
'Urchin' (bright red, miniature)
'Playmate' (salmon w/white tipped petals, miniature)
Faye Brawner's catalog reads as follows:
"These plants are often sold as, or confused with, Stellras. They are a
different hybrid and when grown with Stellars are easy to tell apart. The
leaf is cut into 3 lobes and those lobes are dissected, giving it a "ferny"
look. The bloom, even the singles, are symetrically rayed as a daisy. There
are only a few plants in this section, but hopefully their number will grow.
Deerwood Wildfire: Single, glowing red. Narrow, wide spaced petals. Small
dark leaf. Dense miniature, floriferous. (Brawner)
Els: Single salmon, looks very like FORMOSUM, but hte petal edge is not
Formosum (Formosa): Semi double bright salmon with a narrow white petal
edge. The first of the Formosum hybrids.
Golden Formosum: Same leaf and flower as above, but leaf color is gold.
Janet: Double salmon-pink. Very like FORMOSUM but the plant is dwarf.
Little Witch: Very narrow, spidery, single with pink eye. (Shady Hill)
Orange Splash: Single narrow, spidery petals of orange. (Brawner)
Playmate: Double salmon with lighter edges. Tiny, deeply loved leaf, low,
dense, minature. (Miller)
Presto: Single salmon with white petal edge. Long petals. (Miller)
Red Witch: Double bright red.
Snow Witch: White with narrow, spidery petals, pink flush. (Shady Hill)
St. Elmo's Fire: Dark leathery leaf. Double salmon, quilled bloom. (Shady
Star Witch: Single, spidery narrow petals of single pink, deeper in the
center. (Shady Hill)
Urchin: Double dark red. Tiny leaves. Low, dense, minature. (Miller)"