Dichoricandra flower - collector's dream
When guests come to me, about this particular flower there are always debates and questions: “Oh, you’ve never seen a dracaena bloom!”, “But what, this bamboo can bloom SO !?”, “Yes, it’s not a babmuk, and even more so, dracaena, ”the third argues,“ this is some kind of African hyacinth! ” And once my flower was even called a house dolphinium, although its leaves are completely different, wide-lanceolate. And interestingly, when a plant is at rest, it almost does not cause interest, but when it blooms, then a rare person will remain indifferent. I have to explain that neither to hyacinth, nor to dracene, nor to bamboo, nor even to my delphinium Dichoricandra flower (Dichorisandra thyrsiflora) has no relation.
Dihorizandra (Dichorisandra) - a genus of perennial plants of the Commeline family (Commelinaceae), includes about 40 species of monocotyledonous flowering plants originating from Central and South America.
Although collected in thick ears of panicles, blue-violet with some blueness, and indeed resembling a bouquet of either hyacinths or dolphiniums, look fabulous.
Growing dichoricandra flower at home
Dichoricanders are really very rare houseplants. But I'm sure: over time, they will have more prospects. They belong to the family of Commelinas. Their distant homeland on the other hemisphere of the Earth, in impassable twilight and moist forests of Brazil. That is why the dichoricandra at rest eagerly abides in some distance from the window, but of course, in the farthest corner of the room it will not be comfortable. And in the spring, it is necessary to put it closer to the light, so that buds start. Yes, and feeding will not hurt.
Dichoricans are herbaceous perennials with a tuberous rhizome. Tall stems with slightly swollen internodes really resemble young bamboo shoots. But of course, the most important thing is the unusual colors of the flowers. Each bud opened on an inflorescence spike immediately turns into a curl, which makes it look like a hyacinth, at the base of blue-blue or violet-blue (depending on lighting) flowers a white contrasting spot that gives the whole dichorizander inflorescence an unusual relief and volume.
After a sufficiently long flowering, the stems die off. By autumn, the plant plunges into a state of rest, then it really looks like a draenecus of Derema. If the wilted flower is not cut, a fruit is formed - a thin-walled box surrounded by overgrown sepals and resembles a berry. The seeds of dichoricanders are prickly, mesh, ribbed.
In the Encyclopedia of Botany, it is written that dichoricandra seeds can even pass undamaged through the gastrointestinal tract of animals. And thus, in the nature there is a reproduction of plants. And for propagation in room conditions, spring cuttings, division of rhizomes, and planting of seeds are suitable.
Caring for the dichoricandra flower
The plant loves humus-rich soil, good watering during the flowering period, frequent spraying all year round. The dichorizander must be protected from the dry air of the rooms: it must not be placed next to the central heating batteries, on the south window, under direct sunlight. It looks great in a high flowerpot, and not in a low pot, since the leaves have the peculiarity of puffing in different directions. Placed in a tall flowerpot, or on a stand, the solitary plant looks very impressive, even during dormancy.
There is another kind of Dichorizandra - Royal dichoricandra (Dichorisandra reginae), which differs from Bouquet of flowers in smaller leaf sizes and more loose-rare inflorescences. The royal dichoricandra is of two types - with longitudinal stripes along the sheet (variegate) and plain. This plant is less adapted to indoor conditions, a more complex content, although this will not confuse a real collector.
Blooming blue-and-blue ears of Dichorizandra of a flowering flower are perfectly combined with blooming geraniums (pelargoniums) of pink-lilac and white color, hibiscus, cyclamen and other indoor flowers.
To make the dichoricandra flower-flowered at rest look more attractive, I planted around its base a fern (nephrolepis Exzaltata bostoniensis) with drooping sculptures. Such a composition looks gorgeous on a high flower stand. Plants do not interfere with each other at all: in nature, they are often near. The most important thing is attention and care, and our windows and interiors will sparkle with new fresh colors.