Brians Botanicals Blog

This Blog is dedicated to sharing information, experiences and new discoveries Brian Williams has had as a Plant breeder and plant collector. As the owner of Brian's Botanicals, Brian Williams is continually working on new project for the nursery that can be adapted for the home garden. Brian will share his exciting new hybrids and adventures exploring jungles in far away countries. So expect plants, plants and more exciting plants!

Colocasia Black Ripples (Puckered Up)

Colocasia Black Ripples (AKA Puckered Up) ppaf is one of most exciting hybrids to come out of our breeding program. The plants are vigorous and tight growing, which makes it very useful in every part of the garden from mass plantings to single plants in containers.

The leaves of Colocasia Black Ripples ppaf are very dark and contrast well with light colored plants. The foliage has an amazing puckered/corrugated effect which gives it a 3D pattern not seen on any other hybrid. To top it off the beauty of this plants, leaves have a gorgeous sheen which reflects the light. The light that is reflected in the leaves causes Colocasia Black Ripples ppaf to look dramatically different throughout the day. Visitors to our trail fields have commented that Colocasia Black Ripples ppaf looks like it is out of this world, like it belongs on another planet. Dark red to black petioles contrast greatly with the robust dark maroon undersides of the leaves as they emerge and move in the breeze.

As a plant collector, I find myself wanting to plant Colocasia Black Ripples ppaf all over the display gardens. It is one of the few plants that makes even the people who are uninterested in the gardening to stop and exclaim, "What it that plant? Can I grow it?" I highly recommend this plant to anyone wanting to add some excitement or flare to their gardens.

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Colocasia Fierce Gigantes PPAF

​Colocasia Fierce Gigantes is a new release for June 21, 2015. A great new addition to the Gigantes Series. Colocasia Fierce is a strong fierce grower reaching 5 to 7 feet tall in one summer. Colocasia Fierce grows well in full sun to part shade with rich organic soil and regular watering. In full sun expect a very tight upright habit, if grown in shade foliage will be held more horizontally forming a more umbrella shape. Mostly used as a center piece for annual to tropical beds one plant can stand alone and make a huge statement while a cluster can grow up and really make a magical  Alice in Wonderland look. 

Foliage and Flowers

Each leaf can from 3 to 4 feet long and 3 feet wide, dark green in color each leaf will have a purple dot in the heart of each leaf. Under the leaves are dark purple veins which really contrast with the dark green foliage. A feature like this is often over looked and not noticed but often the plants grow large enough and with a nice upright habit this unique veining can be well noticed. The petioles or stems are a dark rich purple color not often seen in the garden. These are just as much ornamental as the foliage sense they can be well seen as the foliage towers over. Petioles are often 5 to 6 feet tall and 5 to 3 inches thick. One of the most unique features of the plant is the ornamental flowers which are something that is rarely if ever mentioned with elephant ears or Colocasia's. Most Colocasia plants have flowers hidden under the foliage and they do not flower continuously but just during late summer months. So they are often over looked as a flowering plant. Colocasia Fierce however has larger flowers over up to 1 foot tall that can easily be seen sense the foliage is held so high. Each flower is held up by 8 inch to 1 foot peduncles or small stems. These emerge from the petioles usually in clusters of 6 and are purple with white spaths. Once flowers are produced each new petiole will produce more flowers and soon the plant will have many very unusual and ornamental spike like flowers 3 to 4 feet from the ground.

Over all the Colocasia Fierce has show to be very versatile for plantings in large beds to big containers making a big statement and great for anyone wanting to bring in attention or excitement into the garden. Used as a annual or a dig up tropical in zone 5 and colder. In zone 6 plants can over winter if well mulched or protected in winter. Hardy zone 7 and up.

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About Brian

This all started with some turtles and a large backyard. Brian comes from a long line of plants men, who specialize in everything from Palms to Cactus. When Brian was a boy his dad transformed their backyard into a Palm filled oasis. As we know with any oasis watering is top priority. As a kid it was Brian's chore to keep the oasis watered. Brian was not interested in plants at this point in his life he was interested in his pet turtles. Brian wanted to make a natural habitat for his turtles so he built them a pond. After the pond was completed there was something missing. Plants! Brian decided then that he wanted to make his pond look prehistoric for his turtles. This is when he began to be interested in aquatic and carnivorous plants.

There was one plant that solidified Brian's addiction Cyrtosperma johnstonii. Brian was on a family vacation to Florida when his dad decided to stop at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. It was there the Brian encountered the 7 foot tall Cyrtsperma Johnstoneii. He was amazed by its striped thorny steams and its pink veins. It took Brian 3 years of endless searching to obtain the plant he had seen in the botanical garden that day. While on his quest for Johnstoneii Brian discovered other odd plants that peaked his interest. These plants all belonged to the aroid family. The quest for one plant turned in to a collection of aroids.

After years of collecting plant Brian decided that he wanted to share his collection with others. It was then that he started Brian's Botanical out of one of his father's greenhouses. Brian had a bucket list of plants that he wanted to obtain like any good collector. After collecting the last plant on the list it seemed like the hunt was over. That was until Brian had a life changing conversation with his mentors Julius Boos and John Banta. The conversation was about hybrids. His imagination immediately went into overdrive with the endless combinations. His excitement for breeding compounded each day he found new pollen or saw a flower bloom.

Brian Williams started his journey as a young kid looking for plants for his turtles but has turned in to a breeder and plants man that is passionate about aroids. This passion is the backbone of his business and influences every decision that is made.

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