Pot Size: 4 litre (deep)
Description: Forming an enormous long lived plant where we found the seed to this tuberous rooted herbaceous twinning climber closely allied to Alstroemeria. Arising from a cluster of connected fleshy tubers, with sturdy twining reddish hairy simple stems to 7 m adorned by paddle-shaped green leaves, terminating in a large umbel of long funnel-shaped scarlet flowers with orange interiors. Followed by large angular, but roughly globular seed capsules, which split to reveal the red aril covered seed within. From our collection gathered from a hidden valley in the mountains west of Ibague in southern Colombia in 2016 at nearly 2,900 m. Drainage is all important to keep the tubers dry in winter, we find them best planted under an evergreen shrub to shelter them from penetrating frosts.
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Crûg Farm Plants, Griffith's Crossing, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1TU.
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