I bought Anthurium 'Joli' about a year ago (March 16), and haven't even seriously considered buying any other new cultivars since then, mostly because the store plants don't vary a lot. Mostly red / yellow and pink /yellow. (I did see a light pink spathe / red-purple spadix at the ex-job that was interesting last April, but I didn't have the space for it, and it wasn't that cool.1)
But I needed more flats for the Anthurium seedlings about three weeks ago, and went to the ex-job to see if they had some,2 and happened to see this guy for sale:
The greenhouse person wasn't very enthusiastic about it; she said they weren't difficult or anything, but the color wasn't to her taste, especially since the spathes start out green and develop the pink color over time, so any particular bloom spends a while being kind of inconspicuous before you even know it's there. But I'd never seen anything like this before, and I had, you know, visions of seedlings dancing in my head, and all that, plus it was pretty reasonably-priced for the ex-job ($19.99), so I went ahead and got it. A short time later, it did start to produce a new bloom, and . . . well, she's not wrong.
They really are
pretty inconspicuous to begin with. After a little while, the spadix had changed color, at least, which made it slightly more noticeable --
-- but I'm still waiting for it to develop any pink. So I see her point, but am nevertheless pleased.3
I mean, I got excited about a plain green one, 'Midori,' not that long ago
, so a plain green one that eventually goes on to be not
plain green ought to be quite a thrill for me.
The only real problem with it so far is that I can't find a name for it. It had a Costa Farms tag in it, "Allura," but I get the impression from poking around the internet that "Allura" is the name for this particular line
of plants, that it's like an Allura Collection
, or something, and the name of this specific cultivar is likely something else. So, having had good luck e-mailing Westland Greenhouses a year ago to get the name 'Joli,' I thought well, what the hell, Costa's all over the place on social media and whatnot, and there's an e-mail address on their website, so surely
they'll respond to a short, politely-worded request for a variety name like Westland
But no. Not even a "we received your question but are unable to answer it, sorry" response. This, combined with that time in 2010 when I had bought one of their Strelitzia
s at a big box store and I wanted to know if it could plausibly be a Strelitzia reginae
, if S. reginae
was a plant they produced and sold, when they were also
useless, makes me think that Costa Farms is a lot less interested in engaging with the public than they pretend to be.4
(Alternately, it could be that Westland, being Canadian and all, is just that
polite, and will respond to any question no matter how ridiculous, and they're
the ones being weird.)
So I'm on my own, as far as locating a cultivar name. The best option I've come up with (mostly from looking at http://freepatentsonline.com/
and image searches) is 'Fantasy Love.' The main problem is that different sites don't agree on what 'Fantasy Love' even looks like. The image search results that match my plant the best (which mostly derive from this
original blog post) show new spathes as being mostly white, whereas my plant's are mostly green, though they change to white shortly thereafter so that's maybe close enough. However, a lot of the results also show red-violet or pinkish spadices, instead of orange like my plant.5
One website claims 'Fantasy Love' spathes are primarily white and purple. And there are a few results with red-purple blush on the spathes, instead of pink (possibly from overzealous photoshopping). I don't think these can all be accurately identifying the same variety. (Also worth noting: the original patent
for 'Fantasy Love' claims that spathes start out red and change to green, which if true means that none
of the plants identified as 'Fantasy Love' on line are actually 'Fantasy Love.' Though the more detailed description of the color changes, later on in the patent, describes more or less the same sequence of colors as my plant, so maybe.) Nor are there clear photos of many of the other plants in the "Love" line.6
When one looks for "love" on the net, I suppose not knowing exactly what it is you're finding comes with the territory, but this is ridiculous.
In any case. 'Fantasy Love' is far from the only green-white-pink cultivar in existence, but I can't rule it out, and all the others have similar problems, in that it's impossible to tell whether plants with which you are unfamiliar have been correctly identified in image-search results. Even if they are
, the same plant will photograph very differently in different lighting conditions, too.
Consequently, I'm going to keep on calling it my NOID green-pink for now. If Costa Farms should ever happen to answer my question, or even if they send a non-answer answer like "we have no idea, believe whatever you like," I'll update this post, probably also make a new post about it, and apologize for saying such awful things about them. Or at least I'll apologize for one
of the awful things. But they already have my money, so I'm not sure what would be in it for them to answer, so I'll probably never know for sure.
I don't think I've been able to pollinate the plant yet, though there could be developing berries in a couple spots on some of the old spadices, from pollinations that happened before I bought the plant. I suppose I'll know for sure in a couple months. If they were
previously pollinated, and I get viable seeds out of those crosses, that could be great: I don't know who the seed parent is, and not knowing the pollen parent either means there could be a bonus addition to the gene pool. Even if the berries wind up being a self-cross, this plant means the chance to add weird spathe shapes, color-changes, and zones of different colors to my Anthurium
gene pool, which may or may not wind up being helpful in five years or something.