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This most impressive plant makes large rosettes of very pale green leaves heavily encrusted with silvery deposits, the encrustation being limestone exuded by the leaves, hence the requirement for chalky soil. After several years when it reaches full size, the plant flowers, producing tall arching plumes of white flowers, which are heavily spotted with red near the base of each petal, and which continues for several weeks. The parent plant then slowly dies off, but before this happens it produces a useful number of small offsets which will be identical to the parent, as well as ripe seed which will invariably produce a large variety of differently coloured seedlings. Very few fertile seeds collected.

Sowing Advice

Seeds are best sown in winter or early spring as they benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost after sowing to break their dormancy. We advise covering seeds very thinly indeed with sand or fine grit, a good guide is about the depth of the seed size. They may also be sown at any time and if the seeds do not come up within 4 or 5 weeks the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. These seedlings may still take several months to appear so please keep the pot or tray safely, and when they flower please note that they will vary in their markings.

Key Facts


Classification:Hardy perennial


Packet Content:20 (Approx)

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