Most of these small plants have formed clumps but not flowered but flowers are not a prerequisite for sales where plant form can also have an appeal to the general public. In 1995 I got a plant called T. aeranthos miniata from Keith Bradtberg who said the plant originally came from Paul Isley. I still have a clump or two and when giving away bits I invariably ask the recipient to tell me about it when it flowers. Alas, I have had no answer in the last 15 years.
So when Bruce Dunstan showed his photo of a flowering ‘Miniata’ my first thoughts were that the only similarity to T aeranthos was the floral bract. Bruce is known for his “feeding” so I was not surprised to see one plant in the clump larger than the others AND flowering.
If anyone has grown T. xiphioides or T. pringlei from seedlings they will know they get a clump of small plants and suddenly you get one plant growing faster than the rest and will be the first to flower. I have a special interest in T. xiphioides because in the 1990’s Keith Golinski sold me a clump of T. aizoides which stayed like T. aizoides for about 5 years and then one or two plants decided to grow bigger than the rest and became a T xiphioides! Back to the flowering ‘Miniata’ which I intend to register.
Remember that these are mutations and their offsets could revert to normalcy at any time but then the ‘weakness’ could mean a return from normal offset back to dwarf.
We wait to see what the future will bring.