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Disa cardinalis

21st March 2010

Disa cardinalis is a magnificent scarlet species that I was keen to grow. It was once considered to be a form of D.tripetaloides but in 1980 it was identified as a distinct species by H.P.Linder. It has been widely used in hybridisation and I wanted to try the original species.
In 2008 I bought a small plant from Germany but at the time I was still trying out a range of growing conditions and unfortunately in this case I got it wrong.
It grows by the side of streams in the Karoo under quite extreme conditions and I am looking for another!