On Oct 24, 2008, grazio from Ubud, BALI Indonesia (Zone 11) wrote:
Easy to grow here in Bali and easily available in the gray/black flowered version. However, I once saw a variegated leaf version, same flower, but have never been able to relocate it. if anyone knows a source, pls advise. Or if you have simply seen this variety (variegata), I would like to know.
On Jul 2, 2003, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
A potted specimen grows year round in my semi-shaded garden along with bromeliads. The foliage is beautiful and the strange inflorescence is most interesting. It doesn't seem to reseed as much as D. contrajerva, which comes up in other potted plants and all over my garden. I see this species isn't listed, so I'll get a photo and send it in.
On Jun 28, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:
This is what I´d call a "genuine" tropical herb. It comes from the darkest places of the south american rain forests, groing in the organic soil. As it´s said, this species requires a highly fertile, constantly moist soil, with high temperatures as as most shadow as you could give to it. Also, it´s highly recomended that you protect the plant from winds.
This plant has a very short stem, part of it being underground, which grows laterally in rhyzomes, giving birth to new buds constantly, but not spreading too much. The leaves are shiny, dark green, and the main atraction of this plant. The inflorescence, if not beautiful, is at least interesting. It consists of satlk, with a round and flat grey receptacle in the tip, with microscopic flowers in the middle. The fruits are white, and they "jump" from the receptacle when mature. The plant can be propagated from cutting the rhyzomes.
It covers well exposed soil in greenhouses, dark corners, and shaded beds
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions: