Happy Independence Day!
To celebrate, I went to the Gesneriad Society's plant show and sale today. The local DC area chapter is hosting the annual meeting here in Silver Spring, so I couldn't not go to the plant sale!
I still don't know what a gesneriad is. Ah. Wikipedia tells me that gesneriads are plants in the Gesneriaceae family. That helps! I knew stuff like African violets (Saintpaulia), but also other genuses, such as Columnea, Episcia, Nematanthus, and Streptocarpus. I recognize Columnea, so my inclination is to assume it's popular--I also recognize Streptocarpus, but I specifically included that one in the list, along with Episcia and Nematanthus, because I bought some.
I also acquired an Episcia, "Coco" (left), for $6. For the name, if nothing else, it was an awesome find! Episcia seems an interesting genus; I approve of highly variegated leaves with a wide range of colour choices. Like begonias. But these look like they're easier to care for. Now, I have no idea, because I know nothing about these plants right now. But we'll see.
Nematanthus brasiliensis is on the right. These cuttings were in a baggie for $3. I liked the look of 'em, so I said, "Why not?" That's what I said. Oh and the Internets say they flower! Possibly a good buy? It seems viny, which I like.
I have these folks sequestered in my bathroom sink for the moment--I'm going to be MIA for the rest of the weekend, and I don't really know if they'll do well in the window or if they have bugs. I noticed a few crawlies on some of the tables, so... I'll wait and see. When I come back, I'll have a post with pictures of the show portion--there were some pretty impressive displays of gesneriad love!