This extremely rare and lovely endemic plant lives only on the Poor Knights Islands and Taranga Island in the north of New Zealand which are protected by the New Zealand Government as nature reserves, and unauthorised landing is forbidden. On these islands it usually grows on rhyolite sea cliffs and rocky outcrops and sometimes in forest. In spite of being a fabulous plant it is very rarely offered either as plants or seeds. Discovered only in 1924, it is listed as vulnerable in the 1997 IUCN Red List of Plants. The green stalks start growing vertically then turn sideways, displaying dazzling red flowers tipped with orange pollen and resembling an enormous one-sided giant toothbrush. These fabulous flowers can reach up to 15 inches or 40cm. long. Four million years ago, a volcano created these small islands off the coast of New Zealand where they remained undiscovered until found by Captain Cook in 1760. Separated from the mainland for millions of years, the islands developed many unique animals, and plants such as these gems, found nowhere else on earth.
For best results, sow seeds in good light at any time onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. We recommend germinating at 15 to 20 degrees C. Seeds sometimes germinate in between 2 and 6 weeks although they make take considerably longer. Pot on seedlings before finally planting out into a container or a warm, well-drained spot.
Classification:Half hardy perennial
Packet Content:20+ (Approx)