This remarkable, unique, and extremely rare plant from Nepal and parts of southern China, loses most of its foliage in late spring or early summer and remains dormant throughout the hottest months of the year, then in autumn it puts on lots of lush new foliage. Suddenly, large clusters of buds erupt, which open into flowers in early winter and are quite spectacular being pendulous and scented, resembling greeny-yellow bells filled with attractive, protruding red-purple stamens, which finally ripen into large, fluffy seed heads which last for several months. It is perfect for a warm, sheltered courtyard garden or cool conservatory.
Sow seeds, covering them thinly, at any time but in good light, at between 5 and 15 degrees C. Be patient as these seeds can be very slow indeed to germinate. Prick out small seedlings into 3 inch/8cm pots containing a John Innes, loam-based compost. Grow on before planting into a large container or sheltered spot outdoors, and be sure to protect them from freezing in winter.
Packet Content:8 (Approx)