is named in honour of Baron Ludwig von Welden (1780 =
1853), Master of Ordnance in the Austrian army.
It was found in the crater of the Volcan de Agua,
Guatemala, from where it was introduced to
cultivation at Kew in 1893.
first saw this gorgeous plant in Harold McBride's Alpine
house, some years ago - we gasped at its exquisite
beauty, and knew that it was 'a plant to die for'. On
purchasing it from an English nursery, we have continued
to enjoy its fleeting 'visit' each May and June. The
flowers are very short-lived, and open only in sunshine.
Weldenia in the Alpine house in long tom clay pots which
the fleshy tuberous roots seem to appreciate. Annually
from these roots appear strong tufts of thick, pointed
leaves and from the centre of the rosette rise short
erect scapes of pristine white chalice-shaped flowers,
with prominent yellow stamens.
plant is grown in a mixture of equal parts loam, leaf
mould and grit - well watered during growth - but kept
on the dry side during dormancy.