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Description: From one of my seed collections gathered from the Birong Valley close to the Sichuan-Yunnan border within China in 2000. Where only a tiny bit of seed was present in its shady habitat amongst large shrubs and scrub. A small plants forming a rosette of broadly ovate leaves the bases clasping the short upright stems to 20 cm tall, which have arisen from the fleshy roots. Displaying the dark-purple flowers held terminally in succession from the tip of the stem, orchid-like on long hollow tubes, with almost comical lateral petals protruding either side. Flowering for several months for us May to September. Easily grown in a well drained soil with some moisture retention in sun or shade.
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