Dichorisandra reginae

Dichorisandra is another genus of the Commelinaceae family, which also includes Tradescantia, Zebrina and Setcreasea. Dichorisandra includes about 30 species distributed throughout tropical South America. These have given rise to numerous cultivars. D. reginae is a herbaceous perennial with fleshy stem and alternate, variegated leaves with broad white stripes running parallel to the margins from base to leaf tip. The inflorescence is upright and composed of blue flowers with free sepals. The seeds have a large fleshy appendage, called an aril.

Conditions for growing are the same as for Tradescantia . Propagation is very easy. The commonest method is by stem cuttings which can either be inserted directly into compost or else put in water to root.

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