|Codonanthe carnosa 'Libby'|
Libby is one of our advanced hobby growers in the Delaware African Violet and Gesneriad Society (DAVS). For many years, she maintained a big basket of a Codonanthe with large white flowers, relative to others I have seen. Every time Libby would show her award-winning Codonanthe, I’d think we must propagate and distribute it before it’s lost.
When Libby had to down-size her growing area, she donated, with Mary’s help, her plant to me. I got one batch of cuttings going that we distributed to DAVS members. Since then, I’ve been building up stock for larger commercial sale.
The plant is very hardy--- doesn’t mind drying out a little. It grows slowly but will branch and flower in small pots. It will be spectacular in 4 ½” hanging baskets.
The name of Libby’s plant is uncertain, so it’s unknown if it is in cultivation elsewhere --- thus, the urgency to save the clone.
Through some clues, it may be the original Codonanthe carnosa. The Codonanthe clones that I had 40 years ago, went through name changes of carnosa to digna to devosiana. The free-flowering clone that I have is Codonanthe devosiana ‘Paula.
Libby’s clone has white flowers twice the size of ‘Paula’. So, until further notice I’m designating this exceptional plant:
Codonanthe carnosa ‘Libby’
|Codonanthe devosiana 'Paula' (top), Codonanthe carnosa 'Libby' (bottom)|