Amoreuxia wrightii – Wright’s Yellowshow

Bluish leaves have silvery splotches at the base of each toothy-edged finger-like lobe which jut out in all directions.

Gaudy, bright-yellow five-sepaled flowers quickly age to crumpled amber. Pendulous fruits began to form, green and roughly the size and shape of a small chicken egg. Four grouped petal-like sepals bear brush strokes of blood red at their bases. The fifth gold sepal faces the opposite direction<.div>

Wright’s Yellowshow is native sparsely to southern Texas and frequently into Mexico, there covering desert flats covered with flowering plants. The plant currently in the garden was descended from the original that John received from the late noted San Antonio gardener Margaret Kane around 1985.
The mature fruit hangs like a miniature Japanese lantern with a delicate, transparent membrane unveiled by the formerly green covering that had split and shrunken back to the fruit’s three longitudinal ridges. Visible inside the three conjoined capsules are dark clusters of seed adhered to the center of the inside wall in a neat cluster. Though easy to grow in full sun and well-drained soil, Wright’s Yellowshow will always offer the busy gardener the anticipation of one day being at the right place at the right time, to finally observe a flower in its full glory after finding many taunting remnants of flowers missed. Then you will need to pay close attention to catch the fruits when they mature, deceptively hidden under the foliage, into their easily overlooked works of delicate art. Germinating easily from seed, it can be one of those pass-along plants that can continually offer the same challenges of timing to those who wish to catch a glimpse of the Yellowshow’s elusive beauty.