HALORAGIS ERECTA 'WELLINGTON BRONZE'
This attractive foliage form of the rarely-seen New Zealand plant (Haloragis erecta) is a relative of the much larger gunnera plants. Bronzed leaves and spikes of many greenish-yellow flowers add colour to the border both before and after the main flush of garden flowers. This was obtained from Wellington Botanic gardens 30 years ago and named by us at Plant World.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.