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5th October 2008

I have been trying to track down a name for this, without anything that could be mistaken for conspicuous success. I got it from Bob Brown as Tibouchina sp. RCB RA-X-4. I am fairly certain that it is a Centradenia, and I have seen them before, offered as filler plants for pots and hanging basket. Tolerant of sun and drought, unfortunately rather like Cistus they get a lot of twiggy growth that seems to fill space without producing sustained flower power.
I have vague memories of growing something like it as a teenager, along with such obscurities as Torenia and Nicandra, but I may be hallucinating , which has been one of the unexpected benefits of advancing age!

14th April 2009

I was amazed when it resprouted after the winter we have had, but unfortunately the shoot died off quite rapidly.