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Description: One of the easiest and quickest species to establish as long as it is planted correctly. Originating from one of our earliest seed collections gathered in 1993 on the high altitude Hohuanshan in eastern Taiwan. Where it grew in open exposed areas mixed in with dwarf bamboo on the highest ridges where it would be sub-zero for most of the winters. A perennial with a short thickened rootstock, with stout silvery hairy stems to 50cm tall, bearing narrow pleated leaves to 20cm long with elevated nerves, clasping at the base of the stems. Topped in mid-summer by long branched spikes of dark purple-brown flowers. Easily grown in a well drained soil that does not dry out, in good light where it is not too hot.
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