Family: Pappilionaceae / Leguminosae / Fabaceae (bean family)
This plant is grown more for its variegated foliage than the small flowers. They have spindy stems that arch upwards. Requirements:
Soil mix should be loose and well draining but keep it moist and do not let it dry out. The soil medium should be neutral to mildly acidic.
Sun: Prefer partial shade in the outdoors but can tolerate full sun or indoor shade.
Water: Regular watering schedule
Propagation is by herbaceous stem cuttings and by seeds. Allow seedheads to dry on the plants before you remove and collect the seeds.
This plant grows well in Zone 10-11. It can reach a height of 2-3 ft. Makes a good container and indoor houseplant.
As I know, our nurseries here in Malaysia do not regularly stock up this plant. Therefore, do buy it and have fun growing it when you see the plants available for sale in your area.
For further reading, please visit the following sites:
a) Daves Garden here.
b) John&Jacq's Garden here.
“Christia vespertilionis The Red Butterfly Wing”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on March 20th, 2011.