Saturday, January 9, 2010

Spotted Heart

The Spotted Heart, Stictocardia tiliifolia is a native of India and the neighbouring areas. It is flowering in profusion now, attracting bees.

The flowers are an attractive orange erd with yellow throats. They are funnel shaped and large, so that two or three bees can visit a flower at the same time.

The plant gets its common name from its heart shaped leaves, which have glandular dots.
Although it is a native of India, I could not find any mention of its uses in Ayurveda, the Indian system of medicine. Perhaps the Chinese medicine has uses for this plant.


  1. Have never seen this flower before. It looks a bit like a morning glory.beautiful

  2. Ian, I think the spotted heart is a cousin of the morning glory, because it also belongs to the convolvulaceae family. A good thing about it is, unlike the morning glory it doesn't close at noon.

  3. Colors are very vivid.

    Thank you for showing a peaceful view.

    From the Far East.
    Best regards.

  4. The flower shape is unusual. Never seen one before. What unique native plant you have!

    Have a great day.