Oh, those wild aroids!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

This weekend the Garden House is bursting with color and weirdly shaped leaves as the show and sale of the International Aroid Society has become a treasure chest of new plants.

Pride of Sumatra.

Aglaonemas and caladiums are filling the house with beautiful reds, pinks, sunset oranges, and hot pinks. The colors are coming from Thailand, where plant breeders have been ramping up the visuals for some time.

Aglaonema Pride of Sumatra is a beautiful example of this. Another is the long, skinny leaves in deep red and

 Caladium Devil's Tongue.

green is displayed on a Caladium sport that Bill Rotolante calls 'Devil's Tongue.' Colocasia Mojito is a spotted limey-green.

Best of show went to a beautifully grown old favorite belonging to Steve and Marie Nock, Dieffenbachia 'Camouflage.'While most unusual was awarded to Philodendron 'Tequila,' a cross of Philodendron goeldii and Philodendron bipinnatifidum with fascinating leaves shaped something like stars.

Most unusual awarded to Philodendron 'Tequila.'