Pinellia 'Polly Spout' + P. t. 'Atropurpurea'

Paul T.
Mon, 19 Nov 2007 15:11:01 PST
>Pinellia 'Polly Spout' is a seedling that Dick Weaver (founder of We-Du
>Nursery) found in his garden back in the early 1990's...a hybrid of P.
>tripartita 'Atropurpurea' and P. pedatisecta.  Dick named it after the
>town in NC where We-Du is located. To my knowledge, it is the only
>sterile form of pinellia, and while it is very vigorous, it doesn't
>offset very rapidly.  It puts on a tremendous floral show all summer and
>the flowers are most certainly red-flushed, although not as dark as P.
>tripartita 'Atropurpurea'.   I hope this helps.


Thanks for the information.  It is interesting that most of the 
description I found were of a greeny-yellow flower (or chatreuse and 
yellow) and didn't mention any red flush.  The pic I found had a red 
flush to it, but with the more open flower like pedatissecta.  The 
difference in descriptions and pic was one reason I did want to find out more.

Out of interest, while we're discussing Pinellia...... IS P. 
tripartita 'Atropurpurea' actually P. tripartita?  While the leaves 
are the same shape, the growth habit, height of flowers, flower form 
etc (the stright species for example has a flare around the edge of 
the spathe, while the 'Atropurpurea' flower is far more open and 
without any sign of the flare along the edge) are just so different 
to the straight species that I have always wondered whether it 
actually is purely that species?

Thanks again for the info.


Paul T.
Canberra, Australia - USDA Zone Equivalent approx. 8/9

Growing an eclectic collection of plants from all over the world 
including Aroids, Crocus, Cyclamen, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, 
Galanthus, Irises, Trilliums (to name but a few) and just about 
anything else that doesn't move!! 

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