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Diascia Photo Album

I hope these pictures will help you identify the diascia you have.   They are sometimes close-ups, sometimes long shots and most are scanned from photos or slides.  They have been taken by my brother William or me unless otherwise credited.  I aim to give a botanical description based on the writings of Hilliard & Burtt and Dr Kim Steiner in time.

To look at the picture, click on the name.  

Diascia Description
Diascia 'Acklington' Bred by Christine Boulby.Dark red flowers.  I thought I'd lost it but it survived here a winter so I gave it a name.
Diascia aliciae
Diascia anastrepta  
Diascia 'Alicecap' Cultivar bred by Dr Kim Steiner.  Bushy habit, pale pink flowers over a very long period.  One of the most hardy hybrids in our collection.  Resistant to virus.
Diascia 'Andrew' Cultivar bred by Hector Harrison.  Upright habit, red open flowers in abundance.
Diascia 'Appleby Apricot' Bred by Hector Harrison and one stand of it has lasted in tact for five winters here in Northumberland.  One of the hardiest apricots.
Diascia austromontana  
Diascia barberae  
Diascia 'Bella' Cultivar by Christine Boulby.  Mid-pink flowers and long trailing habit.

Diascia 'Belmore Beauty'

Protected by Plant Breeders Rights.  Variegated version of Diascia 'Ruby Field'.  Foliage edged in yellow.  Trailing habit, good in baskets.
Diascia 'Christabel' Bred by Hector Harrison.  Has huge pale pink flowers in profusion all summer long.

Diascia 'Coral Belle Photo by David Fenwick

Bred by Hector Harrison and Protected by Plant Breeders Rights.  The only coral coloured diascia in distribution.  Orangy-red flowers atop rich deep green foliage.  Looks good in hanging baskets.  

Diascia cordata

Can be distinguished from other species by two distinct separate yellow windows in the throat of the flower
Diascia 'Doreen' Deep reddish purple flowers and a very prostrate habit.  Found in my garden two years ago and named for my mum.
Diascia 'Eclat' Seen here juxaposed against a penstemon.  Lovely big red flowers.  Not as long flowering as some other species

Diascia fetcaniensis

Flowers have a 'moustache' of dark glands in a straight line on the lower lobe directly under the stamens

Diascia fetcaniensis growing through a join in a retaining wall at Cragside, Rothbury

This picture included to show the determination of this species.  Its stolons will penetrate the tiniest cracks and roam up to three feet.
Diascia 'Harry' Bred by Christine Boulby and named for my husband and best friend, Harry.  Lime green foliage and reddish flowers.  Bushy habit.
Diascia 'Hector's Hardy' This plant was one of Hector's first crosses and is named for him.  He had had it in his garden several years before we were shown it, so it has stood the test of time.  Bushy habit.
Diascia 'Helvellyn' Pale pink flowers on nice shiny green foliage.  Found by William in a garden in Barmby Moor at a house called 'Helvellyn'.
Diascia 'Iceberg' Bred by Hector Harrison using D. integerrima 'Blush' and other plants.  Has a nice neat bushy habit and lovely white flowers.
Diascia integerrima  

Diascia integerrima 'Blush'

White form of Diascia integerrima. Best grown in the garden where it will populate a large area over two to three years.  Flowers later in the season (July/August here). Will tolerate the driest of dry places and has survived temperatures as low as -10C here in Northumberland.

Diascia 'Jacqueline's Joy'Photo  by David Fenwick

An early cultivar bred by Hector Harrison.  Has lovely racemes of mauve flowers. Bushy habit.  Very suitable for hanging baskets.

Diascia 'Jane'

Bred by Christine Boulby.  Pale mauve/pink flowers in abundance above mid-green foliage.  Prostrate habit.
Diasica 'Katherine Sharman' We thought this plant had disappeared but it made a comeback in 2000.  It is thought to be a sport of D. 'Ruby Field' and has olive green foliage edged creamy white.  Not a very sturdy plant.

Diascia 'Lady Valerie'

Bred by Hector Harrison.  Has lovely large pale orange flowers and grows very well in containers. 
Diascia 'Lilac Belle' Bred by Hector Harrison and introduced the same year as D. 'Lilac Belle'.  Small dark green leaves with loads of little lilac flowers all summer.Good in baskets.

Diascia 'Lilac Gem'

Bred by Hector Harrison.  Upright habit.  Palest lilac flowers from July onwards.  Hardier than most of the mauves and forms a neat clump up to 15 inches in circumference.
Diascia 'Little Dancer' Origin unknown.  Bright pink flowers on nice deep green foliage.  Good in baskets.

Diascia 'Louise'

Bred by Hector Harrison.  Very wide peach flowers on fresh green foliage.  Upright habit.  Does well as a spot plant at the front of a border.

Diascia 'Lucy'Photo  by David Fenwick

Bred by Hector Harrison. Easily distinguished from other cultivars by a terminal flower on a raceme that is a buttercup-shaped flower - ie it does not have spurs or a 'throat'.Very jolly apricot flowers.Neat grower and good as spot plant in front of border.

Diascia 'Megelvar'Photo  by David Fenwick

Bred by Hector Harrison. Nice apricot flowered diascia with neat habit and strong dark foliage.
Diascia mollis  
Diascia patens  
Diascia personata  
Diascia platbergensis  
Diascia 'Pink Panther' Origin unknown.  Pale baby pink flowers atop dark green foliage.  Neat habit.
Diascia 'Red Ace' Bred by Hector Harrison and protected by Plant Breeders Rights.  One of the reddest flowered diascias around, and on some of the deepest green foliage it is a stunner.  Survives a good deal of dryness, and ideal for baskets.

Diascia rigescens

Distinguished from other species by a yellow 'median keel' of glands on the lower lobe of the flower.  This photo shows its with Cistus ladanifer.  A lovely combination.

Diascia rigescens 'Anne Rennie'Photo by David Fenwick

Similar to above but flowers a slightly paler shade and carried in rather more loose racemes.
Diascia rigescens x lilacina One of Hector's earliest crosses and given to Blooms of Bressingham.  Nice mauve flowers and good foliage.  Prostrate habit.  Good in baskets but its a bit of a thug
Diascia 'Ruby Field' Bred by John Kelly and introduced in 1971.  Although he gave details of the cross he made to create it, we are not sure of the species he actually had due to name problems.It has nice blousy flowers on prostrate foliage and has been used in alpine beds for many years in the UK.

Diascia 'Rupert Lambert'

Bred by Rupert Lambert.  Plant has upright habit and reddish flowers. 
Diascia 'Salmon Supreme' Bred by Hector Harrison.  When i first saw it I was at Beth Chatto's gardens in Cambridgeshire.  One of the first apricot coloured diascias to appear on the market in the UK and has been popular ever since.

Diascia 'Selina's Choice'

Bred by Hector Harrison.  Plant has a very neat habit.  Apricot flowers in abundance and looks great as a hanging basket.
Diascia 'Tiny Tom' Bred by Hector Harrison.Tiny foliage and interesting pinky mauve flowers, this is one of the smallest and neatest diascias I've seen.

Diascia trials at Appleby, North Lincs

Hector's hardiness trials take place every year in his search for good garden-worthy plants.

Diascia 'Twinkle'

Bred by Hector Harrison and protected by Plant Breeders Rights. Although this diascia is one of his first successes, it remains a firm favourite of mine.  Has tight purple racemes of flowers on very lush dark green foliage.  Superb in hanging baskets.
Diascia vigilis  
Diascia vigilis 'Jack Elliott'  
Diascia 'William' Bred by Hector Harrison and named for my brother William.  Has mid-pink flowers on lush green foliage.  We have lost this one, if you have it we'd love to hear from you!

Latest update 13 March 2001

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