Kohlerias are fun, easy to grow plants. There are numerous hybrids and cultivars out there, offering a wide rage of color, size and leaf variation.
You can grow kohlerias from an offshoot, a rhizome, a cutting or even a leaf. They are generally very vigorous plants. If you accidentally dry out your plant, check for rhizomes in the soil (they look like little scaly worms) and just like bulbs, your plant can re-sprout from them.
They adapt to a range of conditions. The plant size, growth habit, leaf size and color will vary, sometimes dramatically, based on the growing conditions. In general, generous watering leads to larger leaves and more rapid growth. Keeping the plant on the drier side will lead to smaller leaves, slower growing plant, and the formation of more rhizomes. High light can lead to smaller, lighter colored leaves, and low light to larger darker leaves. The plants can grow and flower freely throughout the year, if the right conditions are provided, or can be hibernated for the winter and re-sprouted from rhizomes.
This is a list of some cultivars and hybrids I personally have experience with. I occasionally offer rhizomes for sale on ebay. If you are interested in buying kohlerias (rhizomes or offshoots) from me, or trading varieties with me, you can e-mail me at :
An’s Nagging Macaws
- Robust tall plant, heavy bloomer.
- Heavy bloomer, clusters of pink and white flowers, variegated foliage. Needs staking.
- Heavy bloomer, large variegated foliage, very contrasting flowers and leaves.
- Compact grower, lilac and white flowers, corolla is white and marbled with lilac veins.
- Species, tall robust grower, large bright orange-red flowers. Very nice looking plant.
- Beautiful, dense and compact hybrid. Fascinating magenta flowers with orange fuzz.
Dale’s Copper Penny
- Tall, robust hybrid, coppery leaves
- Compact plant, very dark leaves and intense deep red flower. Super furry and cute.
Dale’s Furry Fox
- Pink flowers, white corolla with dark polka dots, plant is covered with white fuzz.
- Compact, almost black leaves, orange red flowers, flowers have interesting shape, good grower and bloomer.
Designer Jewel Case
- Pink flowers, large frosted gray leaves
- Smaller plant, slow grower, quite red and yellow flowers, more of a seasonal grower and bloomer
- Medium sized kohleria, purplish flowers with white corolla, dark colored leaves
- Compact, medium-dark olive green leaves, red flowers with white polka dotted corollas
HCY’s Jardin de Monet
- Heavy bloomer
Heartland’s Blackberry Butterfly
- Light green variegated leaves! Compact grower, have yet to see it flower
- Heavy bloomer, large plant, light green leaves and large lilac bells with white spotted corolla
- Miniature plant, excellent for terrarium culture. Tiny red-orange flowers .
- Bright flowers, small light leaves, tall
- Light pink flowers, cleam colored spotted corolla, medium sized kohleria, good grower
- Compact, dark solid or marbled leaves, depending on light, numerous cute fuzzy pink flowers.
- Medium sized, dark marbles leaves, heavy bloomer, red flowers with pink corollas.
- Medium to large growing hybrid, olive green leaves, heavy bloomer, salmon blooms, half salmon half white corolla
- Large plant, dark velvet leaves, large ornge red blooms with yellow spotted corolla
- Heavy bloomer, large deep red flowers, with large corollas, medium green leaves
- Slender elegant kohleria, bright red and white flowers, dark leaved with purple undersides
- I bought this as Silver Feather, but the variety is most likely Snake Skin, pretty metallic leaves, orange flowers
- Heavy bloomer, rapid growing plant, large marbled leaves, and large bright red flowers.
- Dense bushy grower, constantly covered in many red furry flowers, cream corolla with pink polka dots
- Heavy bloomer, large magenta and cream flowers, heavily spotted, very showy plant