Thursday, April 26, 2012

Echinodorus palaefolius - Mexican Sword Plant

This aquatic plant thrives happily in clayey soil. Long pendulous spikes of flowers are produce continously. They last for many months and eventually form many branches. The flowers are pure white and last for half a day.

It is magnet for dragonlies. 

Stamens form a ring round the centre.
An ant has a field day scrambling around.

Delicate pure white flowers are borne along the whole length of the floral spikes.

I planted this pot solely from the plantlets form on the floral spikes. They grow freely and wildly and in no time fill up this big pot. I have since pruned it down substantially as the dense vegetation encouraged colonisation of mealybugs.


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