|EPISCIA species - Flame Violet|
Gesneriaceae; native to South America.
Germination: Sow dust-like seeds at any season, not covering the seeds. Maintain a temperature within the medium of 70-80° during germination, which takes 25-40 days.
Growth: Pot in a mix rich in humus with excellent drainage, keeping fairly moist at all times. Avoid wetting the leaves when watering. Place in indirect or curtained sunlight, keep the humidity high, and give 65° nights.
Appearance and Use: Flame Violet can be grown as a house plant, in the greenhouse, in a terrarium, or in a hanging basket. Handsome 2-3 inch exotic leaves vary in colors, markings and textures, and have interesting veining. It bears 1/2 - 1 1/2 inch white, pink, yellow, violet or red flowers from early spring to early fall.
NASA Seeds in Space
"What’s it to you whether or not we have an orderly, scientifically sound method for cataloguing plants and animals? Not much. But it comes in awfully handy for scientists who, up until the middle of the eighteenth century, had to say something like ‘that little yellow flower with the spots on its petals’ every time they wanted to compare notes," The Linnaean System of Taxonomic Classification, Judy Jones and William Wilson, An Incomplete Education