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Description: An appealing perennial species of this rare genus, which we found growing at well over 4000m in the clouds, on the slopes of Volcán El Ruiz in central Colombia in January 2015. Where it formed small colonies only 75cm across in the Páramo, of stems no taller than 1m. Bearing broad divided glossy leaves on petioles that clasped the stems, topped by broad fleshy umbels 20cm across, of white flowers backed by bright green bracts, all ageing to bright green, soon followed by the characteristic (of this genus) upright elongated seed. Best grown in an essentially cool site in any type of drained gritty impoverished soil with some moisture retention. Must emphasise it is cold tolerant, but not heat tolerant, the more nutrient fed the plants are the less hardy they become (soft).
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