Plants, Weird and unusual, Common and underutilized,
Mail order, flat rate of €12.50 throughout Ireland,
one of those plants that everybody questions When they see it growing in a garden,
One of only a small few cultivated Ethiopian plants avaiilable,
Stunning Red flowers late in the year atop, the beautiful, almost plastic looking spiny foliage,
Regarded as Semi hardy -2 to -4 Celsius, I had my own motherplant take a battering down to -6 in a shady spot a few years ago and is bounced back nicely though rather later than normal, It is often recommended to grow the plant in a pot for several years before planting it out, enabling the development of a robust rhizome. A well-drained, very sunny warm position is needed, and a mulch over the rhizome may be wise in colder areas.