| I grew these plants from seed I bought from Mauro Peixoto in
Brazil. I sowed the seeds on Jan. 30, 2005 and had about 70 plants
germinate. I got several regular leucotrichas, but also several hybrid
ones, including a (leucotricha x reitzii), (leucotricha x macropoda) and
a (leucotricha x piresiana).
The S. leucotricha have large silver leaves that vary with how much
hair they have, from felt fabric to hairy. The blooms are a terminal
cluster, bright orange with tiny spots on the inside, with as many as 35
on some plants. The leucotricha are fertile, I have crossed it to
eumorpha several years and have some interesting hybrids with it.
They will go dormant in the fall and I put mine under the house till
spring, usually already starting to grow.
|A seedling leucotricha, that I took to work, blooming for the first time. It is the
first of the true leucotricha seedlings I raised to bloom. It grows on a
windowsill facing east with full exposure until about 1 o'clock and seems to
Below: This is a close-up of the bloom, it is a soft orange with some burgundy
flecks in the throat, also with a hairy covering on the blooms.
|©Brad Walker, May 26, 2012
|Right - One of the truly hairy ones,
completely cover in very thick white
hair, even the blooms are hairy.
|Above - Taken in spring 2012, first blooms on 2nd