This rare, semi-shrubby plant from the foothills of the Chilean Andes bears spectacular, bright pink, trumpet-shaped flowers on thick stems which carry toothed and pointed leaves. It will grow huge in a sheltered spot, although it dies back underground in severe winters.
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.
Common name:Tupa rosada