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Description: Originating from a memorable day when the entire family that were hosting us took us to a fabulous Paramo within a day's drive from Bogota. Where we came upon several plants of this species, small to begin with to only 30 cm tall, later finding sturdy plants to 75 cm tall with sizeable rosettes of strappy spiny foliage green ageing reddish even bronzy. With tall upright one to several scapes bare till the terminal part with many branches of orbicular bronzy-red heads with white stamen. Mixed with grasses, ferns and a small Alchemilla relative. Easily grown in good light, possibly not in too hot a position due to its altitudinal provenance, in a drained gritty soil with some moisture retention, avoid over-feeding. Not tried for hardiness.
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