Paradrymonia sp. is a beautiful, small shrub native to Central America and Southern America. It is hardy in USDA Zone 9-11 and can reach a height of up to 2-5 feet. Paradrymonia, often referred to as a terrestrial or epiphyte herb, is usually grown in the same way as other terrestrial gesneriads. It is found in tropical or subtropical moist lowland and montane forests, where it does best in semi-shady conditions.
Its striking flowers come in various colors: white, off-white, red, crimson, vinous, yellow and orange shades, making the foliage even more ornamental in nature. To keep it safe, Paradrymonia should be brought indoors during colder temperatures to avoid frost damage. To do this, it should be placed in a sheltered area near a window, preferably facing north to protect from too much sunlight.
Paradrymonia needs to be watered regularly, but not excessively as this can cause root rot. The soil should be fast-draining and the plant never left sitting in water. In winter, it requires less water, so a sparing and controlled irrigation needs to be in place. Every two-four weeks for mature plants, a water-soluble fertilizer can be applied, diluted to half the strength for a nutrient boost.
In conclusion, Paradrymonia is a luminous and textured shrub appreciated for its beauty. With the correct care and attention, it can be a gorgeous addition to any garden.