Christia obcordata, common names are ‘Swallowtail,’ ‘Butterfly,’ or ‘Stripe’ for obvious reasons. This is a somewhat obscure specimen first imported and made available in the United States by a fellow Portlandian, Burl Mostul of Rare Plant Research. A conversation piece in any garden, the wing-shaped leaves and chartreuse-maroon color combination is stunning in an area that gets bright indirect light.

Christia obcordata, common names are ‘Swallowtail,’ ‘Butterfly,’ or ‘Stripe’ for obvious reasons. This is a somewhat obscure specimen first imported and made available in the United States by a fellow Portlandian, Burl Mostul of Rare Plant Research. A conversation piece in any garden, the wing-shaped leaves and chartreuse-maroon color combination is stunning in an area that gets bright indirect light.

I saw one of these at the Portland Rare Plant Society open house and I'm kicking myself for not getting one! Ugh!                                                                                                                                                      More

I saw one of these at the Portland Rare Plant Society open house and I'm kicking myself for not getting one! Ugh! More

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