73 and still gardening

Purple flower

Purple is my favorite color. My eyes automatically zoom in to anything or anyone wearing this hue. Maybe that is why I noticed this plant on a rainy morning last August 6, 2011. (It’s not the first time that this plant produces flowers but every time it does, it always looks fresh.) Honestly, for five long years I still don’t even know its name but I know that my friend Tasing gave it to me.

I just put it in an area where it could get morning sunlight and partial shade. Also, I potted it with loam soil and watered it regularly, except for rainy days. I observed that its shoots grow from the base of the plant and each slender stems are about 0.5 cm in diameter. The 3 to 6 inches long stems hold patterned-leaves and purple flowers. The ovate-shaped leaves have green, greenish-gray and black markings.Meanwhile, the purple flower had a cruciform shape (that is, 4 petals are in right angles to one another) and the bloom lasted for about 2-3 days.

So if you know the name of this plant, I would really appreciate if you’ll tell me so I’ll know how to care more for it…


6 responses

  1. This looks like Kaemferia elegans, commonly known as the Peacock Ginger. I grow one of these myself and in my part of Australia it goes dormant during our winter and rises again in mid-Spring.

    August 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    • Really? well that figures the descriptive common name…thanks berniegardener

      August 24, 2011 at 6:46 am

  2. Hi Perla! I don’t know this plant, although they sell plants with similar foliage as houseplants here in the US. The flower is lovely, and I like the leaves’ pattern too.

    August 22, 2011 at 9:13 pm

  3. northernnarratives

    That is a beautiful flowers. I also like purple. Judy

    August 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm

  4. I agree with Bernie…looks like Peacock Ginger. It is a very lovely plant. The color is beautiful.

    August 23, 2011 at 2:50 am

  5. hello, am glad to meet you, just came in via Sage Butterfly’s post about you! I first thought your plant is a Calathea, but upon checking, Bernie is right. Even just the leaves make a nice ornamental plant.

    August 23, 2011 at 9:27 am

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