Momomaru-kongou is sibling of colored bean leaf cross that is very popular (ig Kurenai-kongou, Murasaki-kongou etc). This plant bloomed with white flower but it is interesting to see what will come out if you make selfing or another cross.
I believe Kurenai-kongou is truly one of a kind in all the hybrid Neofinetia falcata.
Few decades ago, one japanese grower made cross between Darwinara charm and Neofinetia falcata Tamakongou. Seed Engei brought them in to USA about 5-6 years ago and sold them as “rainbow” since they have beautiful coloured flower (pink, purple, yellow, white) like rainbow.
This grower was growing this cross for many years and finally decided to sell all of his cross. In this hybrid, few came out with bean leaf (majority of this cross had long big leaf). In bean leaf type, Most of them bloomed with white and looks like Tamakongou. But some bloomed with coloured flower and Benikongou is one of it.
In Fukiran world, bean leaf is always popular. People love it without flower or variegation. But it is also true people still love flower and there is no dark flower colour variety in Fukiran world.
Combination of bean leaf and dark colour flower was dream! Even this plant is not species, it is great and appreciated by Japanese fukiran growers. There is great varieties that has both good leaf and flower. It is very rare for hybrid to be awarded as high-end. It looks great that small bean leaf produce dark red (three petals too!) flower. It looks great in beautiful decorative pot.
At Society meeting in 2014, famous pottery artist ‘Mr. Chino’ was selling his pot next to us and he couldn’t resist how pretty this plant was! He bought it and put in his pretty small pot. It looks amazing.