Plant of the Week:
Ibicella lutea
Martyniaceae

Ibicella lutea

Ibicella lutea, a native of N. Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and S. Brazil, is a spreading plant only reaching 1½ feet (45 cm) in height. Leave are nearly orbicular to 1 ft. (30 cm) across. I had not been growing Ibicella long when I noticed that the leaves and stem had a sticky exudates. Upon researching the plant, I found out that they are carnivorous (http://www.sarracenia.com/pubs/ibicella.html).

Blooming Time: Spring-summer. The flowers are greenish yellow outside with a deeper yellow to orange inside with red blotches. The fruit that follows is sometimes used for pickles when you.

Culture: Ibicella lutea are of easy culture requiring full sun to part shade with a well-drained soil mix. We use a soil mix consisting of 1 part peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. The plant are watered well and allowed to dry before watering again. Fertilize monthly with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. Since the plant is annual they will die after flower and fruit set.

Propagation: Ibicella lutea propagated by seed. Seeds germinate in 21 to 30 days at 70° F (21° C).

Ibicella lutea was featured as Plant of the Week August 17-23, 2001.

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