Information on Dancing Dolphin Vine?

Kathy547(z8 AR)August 3, 2005

I'm not even sure if I'm in the right place!

I happened on a picture of this plant & am wanting to get one. I don't know anything about it or even what the latin name is. The site I saw it on was Michigan Bulb & I may have to get it from them because I haven't found anyone else that sells it. Any information would be attreciated. I'm not a collector but would like one as an interesting houseplant.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jon_d(Northern Calif.)

I think they are using this name for columnea. Try doing a google picture search on columnea and you should get dozens of pictures to look at. The gesneriad reference web and the AGGS web site have lots of photos, so you can start by looking at their sites. All I know about the Michigan Bulb Company is that they have the worst reputation of any mail order company I know of. But, you can get wonderful starts of columneas from quite a few mail order sources. One that is known for sending very nice starts is Lyndon Lyon Greenhouses. The AGGS web site ( has links to mail order nurseries that carry gesneriads on their "Suppliers" page, accessible from the home page. Here is the URL for the Gesneriad Reference Web. Go to the page for genera and select columnea to get to the thumbnail links for the photos. Another plant that sometimes is called "Dolphin Plant" and also a gesneriad is Streptocarpella, with blue to purple flowers.


Here is a link that might be useful: Gesneriad Reference Web

    Bookmark   August 3, 2005 at 9:26PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
greenelbows1(z9--so LA)

I think it's a really good idea to skip these places that only give 'cutesy' names like 'dancing dolphin vine' to their plants without a latin name in at least the small print. It's really hard to find out how to grow something if you don't know what it is! Common names--if that can be called one--vary from place to place in the country, something I became very much aware of as I moved a lot. I tried to learn common names wherever I was so I could converse with local gardeners, some of whom were to say the least 'Latin averse', but latin names are the same wherever you go. Great to see latin names along with the beautiful Thai labels, or with Romanian names I couldn't read too much better! If a catalog doesn't care enough about their plants or their customers to give them correct names I don't trust them to take care of them before they send them, or be careful about shipping.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2005 at 2:53AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
komi(z7/8 DC)

I looked at the pic and it's a red columnea - nice trailing growth habit. I also did a google search for plant sources reviews and checked the rating for Mich bulb on the first site that came up. Wow.

If you want a bigger plant, then call the some of the gesneriad sources and see if they have one for sale.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2005 at 9:05AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Kathy547(z8 AR)

Thank you for your information! I also googled 'plant sources reviews' & you are right! Wow! I didn't realize Michigan Bulb was THAT bad! And then I did the same for Lyndon Lyon Greenhouses & they are just the opposite. At least now thanks to you guys, I at least know a Latin name so I can do my searching. Jon D, I am also going through the link you provided. I take it Lyndon Lyon Greenhouses doesn't have a website?

    Bookmark   August 8, 2005 at 7:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Kathy547(z8 AR)

Sorry! I found the website! Sure wish there were more pictures as I have no idea what most of those plants are! LOL!

    Bookmark   August 8, 2005 at 8:12PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
greenelbows1(z9--so LA)

The link Jon gave you for the Gesneriad Reference Web has >tons

    Bookmark   August 9, 2005 at 1:19AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
josette_sc(8 SC)

I found it listed as "Columnea billbergiana" but it does not say how to propagate it. Can someone help?

    Bookmark   November 1, 2005 at 12:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

They're very easy and fairly fast starting to root using the regular tip cutting method with sterilzed moist soil and a clear plastic covering til rooted. You will need a bright spot that's warm as well, for good results. This time of the year, a gro-lite would help as they're most likely winding down their growth for the winter. I have to say however, looking back a few years, I'd sometimes fill out a pot for a bushier look just by sticking the cuttings directly back into the same pot the cutting came from and just with normal watering they'd take root and grow on, but that was during the warmer months of the year usually , when regular humidities are higher, and during the winter the indoor air may be too dry to use that method, though they are pretty tough in general , and might just shed a few leaves til they've rooted.

    Bookmark   November 1, 2005 at 5:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
holly_c(New Orleans, LA)

Lyndon Lyon does not ship during the winter (I think). And yes....stay FAR, FAR away from Michigan Bulb. I have had great results from Kartuz greenhouses. They are in California and have a great selection of gesneriads. The Nematanthus that I have ordered from them have been much healthier and larger than any I've received from other growers.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2005 at 3:19PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have been purchasing from Michigan Bulb for about 4 years and have NO problems, and also they Do have the latin name for the plants. Just sayin.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2011 at 10:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

looking for a place to purchase a dancingdolphin plant

    Bookmark   July 6, 2011 at 12:19PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Try or Look for the plants called 'columnea.' Both of these sites carry several varieties.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2011 at 2:42PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
A couple of house plants
A few years ago I decided to get rid of Michaels fake...
My new least for now.
Fred's Monday Morning. One of newest streps, really...
Awesome Seller!
Just for those who have never ordered from him, Gary's...
Aloha, I live on the big island 300 ft. from the ocean,...
Will these lipstick plant branches remain up right indefinitely?
I got a lipstick plant about 2 months ago. It is directly...
Sponsored Products
Aptos Drop Table Lamp by Union Street Glass
$600.00 | Lumens
Solid Bronze "No Smoking" Sign - Bronze Patina
Signature Hardware
Black Vine Monogram Doormat Insert
$14.99 | zulily
Illume Blue Orange Gallery Glass Candle
$49.50 | FRONTGATE
Premium Select Golden Espresso 54-Inch Ceiling Fan with Dark Oak Classic Hand Ca
$598.00 | Bellacor
Sienna Vortex Steam Mop SSM-0418 - SSM-0418
$79.99 | Hayneedle
Bath Authority DreamLine Unidoor Frameless Hinged Shower Door (28")
Modern Bathroom
Currey and Company Crystal Bud 21" High Plug-In Wall Sconce
Lamps Plus
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™