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In my recent post, here  I said I had a purple Spathyphyllum. Had that been the case I probably could have expected botanists to traipse up the path to see this amazing new plant.

It is, of course, an Anthurium. Talk about brain fade. And I’d somehow managed to post it upsidebloodydown.


There, that’s better!

The update saddens me. The Dysphania pupa will not be morphing into its moth persona. About half an hour ago I went to check, as I do every day. The leaves were crawling with green ants! I don’t know what happened (this is the first time I’ve noticed ants on the folded-over leaves), but it appears to have been pierced by something. I’m sad.IMG_0387.JPG

But perhaps another Four O’Clock Moth will choose to breed on my tree. It’s why I planted it, after all…

Any readers from my home country will be familiar with manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) so you might recognise this cultivar.Its label says it’s  “Pink Cascade.” Still manuka to me!IMG_0393.JPG




Author: dinahmow

A New Zealander, currently living in tropical Queensland,Australia (with 2 cats and one Main Man).Old enough to remember George VI, white tennis balls and life-before-television.You want more? Read the blog!


  1. Ah, so sorry about the moth! I’m sad for you, too! I was looking forward to the moth. But nature is unpredictable. Here’s to hoping more moths can use the plant & successfully transform.

    Your Anthurium plant is very similar to the ones we had in the garden while growing up back home. Except, we called them pink taro flowers, because they looked like taro plants, only with pink, red, maroon, even burgundy leaves/flowers. The manuka looks gorgeous with its pink blossoms!


  2. Sad that the little moth didn’t make it.

    Had Anthurium growing in the sheltered flower beds in the front walkway on Maui. Made for a very pleasant entry.


    • Yes. sad,but it often happens that way when humans leave it to the natural order.

      You’re so right about a “pleasant entry.” I like to have fragrance near doors and windows.And if I could grow Boronia here I’d have that in a heartbeat.


  3. I am v sad about the moth. It happens, but it is still sad.
    And googling Anthurium I broke into a smile (being childish that way) at Anthurium Superbum


  4. Thank you.
    Did you stress the final syllable? 🙂


  5. I would have left it at pink flower thing and left it at that 🙂
    I hate it when I’m keeping an eye on something and then it perishes – it preys on my mind.


  6. I adore that lovely white rose on your blog header — ooh la la. I wonder if it’s fragrant?
    I have a potted plant called an anthurium — looks the same. I don’t know that it grows outside here — I fear the winters may be too cold for outdoor growing. It seems to thrive indoors however.


  7. Yes, anthurium is most often sold as an indoor plant, except in the tropics.
    That banner photo is a cracker! Taken in London a couple of years ago;I think it’s an “Iceberg” so, no, not much perfume, but for toughness and stayability it’s hard to beat.


  8. Oh, no! Poor 4 O’clock moth. Still, the purple anthurium is bright enough to take my mind of it.


  9. The greenery goes by another name ? Shocking.
    I mean, according to Princess, Australia is drowning (sorry if I get something wrong here, and you are in New Sealand – anyway, some of these islands down there are in the wet), I only hope you have some Silvaner right at yer hand – I can assure you that it helps a lot …. mate.


  10. Oh, we like to add a little confusion and chaos now and again.Keeps readers on their toes.
    Well, down where Princess’ Castle is they have indeed been rather wet. And poor South Australia (where my favourite wine comes from!) was almost wiped off the map last weekMassive storm knocked out the entire State power system.
    But our “jolly weather” is not due for a few weeks yet.


    • “favourite wine” – what is it ? I know that I am kicking in the doors in a simply unfashioned and uncivilised manner, I beg Your pardon, but please tell me about this.
      I always stand in awe in a supermarket or another place, where they sell the bottled nectar, when I find something of Australian origin. It is the other end of the world from my actual point of view, of course something called “Franconia” is the deepestdarkestEurope from Your point-of-view : Is it possible to draw a longer line over the globe ?
      So I always am in doubt if this what is in the bottle really grew over there. I want to believe, but I find it hard. I mean – how is it possible to transport some millions of hectoliters of wine (Wein ! vinum !) all over the world, put it into bottles and sell it ?
      DO they use a kind of thick pulp and water it down ? Do they actually make the wine in Australian cellars and then sent it away in giant barrels ? Ships ?
      And I have no idea about the wine. I have not tasted it really – yes I once bought a bottle, but I can not remember it. I have images of, say, Italian Red (Lambrusco or such, as separated from Southern siciliano) in my head and on my inner map of taste (if something like this may exist, at least as an image of speech here), of Sylvaner of course, of Riesling, of stuff from the Mosel, perhaps even wine from France like some from Alsace (it is not that far away) and Bourdeaux (simply because one should have tasted it) – all this “images” may be faint and wrong and, well, discussable – I am far from being a connaisseur or something like that.
      I simply like wine.
      A lot. From “bonk” to “yippiahjeah” – the important thing is imho just to tell them apart. I educate my tongue, and am curious. Would you please be so kind and tell me about your favourite ?


  11. I know they charge the earth for Manuka honey at Holland and Barret. Is Manuka where they get tea-tree oil from?

    I don’t know why, but I’m strangely drawn to Anthuriums, especially the red ones.


    • No, Mitzi, that’s one of those dopey “let’s confuse the peasants” names.
      Tea tree oil come from a melaleuca tree. Manuka honey from Leptospermum bush. To add to confusion – manuka is the Maori name for leptospermum.
      Maybe I should write a post about the cabbage tree…
      I like reed anthuriums, too, but so far this is all I have.


      • Thank you Dinah that was very informative. A report about the Cabbage tree / Cordylines would be most appreciative as people often mistaken those for date palms in this country or they buy them thinking they are New Zealand flax and end up with 20ft trees in their borders.


  12. Hahaha! I can imagine people in Croydon with 20′ monsters!


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