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Blumenbachia insignis

 
Synonym(s) Loasa vulcanica
Common name electric shock plant
Family loasaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers white with yellow and red (summer)
Size 12"
Light full sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed germinates at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

The lobed, deeply toothed leaves are covered in stinging hairs - handle with gloves! Odd-looking, golf-ball-sized fruit. I grew this from seed traded as Loasa triphylla, but some attentive visitors to this web site pointed out it's more likely Blumenbachia. In any case, it expired from our garden. Perhaps I'll try the real Loasa one of these years...

Blumenbachia insignis
electric shock plant
Blumenbachia insignis

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '03 trade. Baggy, 70F (35%G, 12-15d)
  2. Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 70F (45%G, 10-35d)


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