Art by Alexander Vasiljev, Copyright © 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015


CHARACTERISTICS: leaf span - 4-5 in (10-13 cm); jiku - green; tsuke - crescent moon; ne - multi color*

'Yamato Nishiki' 大和錦 could be literary translated as "Japanese Brocade". Although, the word nishiki is used in Japanese names given to variegated plant cultivars and forms and points to their multicolored variegated leaves. It is also used in koi and goldfish names to reflect their calico coloration. 'Yamato Nishiki' form was selected fairly recently out of the seedlings of Neofinetia falcata 'Fugaku' 富嶽. It differs by being more stout and compact, producing a beautiful display of arching wide leaves. It is variegated with random streaks, known as chirufu. The streaks are yellow and lime green and the variegation is uneven and subtle with many shades of green and yellow.

It is as much flower form as it is leaf. Fragrant flowers are white with curved upward spurs and arranged in compact inflorescence. Together with the tightly arranged foliage this FUUKIRAN looks remarkably attractive in bloom. As a bonus, the flowers are more succulent and stay in bloom 1-2 weeks longer than other FUUKIRAN.

Neofinetia falcata 'Yamato Nishiki' 大和錦 displayed in an antique Uematsu Tosui pot **

Young leaf variegation of Neofinetia falcata 'Yamato Nishiki' 大和錦

Matured leaves variegation of Neofinetia falcata 'Yamato Nishiki' 大和錦

** This pot was designed by the founder of the famous Tosui kiln - Uematsy Chotaro (1899-1959) and made 60-70 years ago by Mizuno Masao (1904-1975). Tosui kiln of the Seto region in Aichi Prefecture, Japan is still producing pottery today. 

The characteristics used are of the plants that I own

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