|1||15C+||Indoor||Grow as a houseplant or under heated glass.|
|2||10 to 15C+||Indoor / Outdoor||Grow indoors, or outdoors in summer in a sheltered spot|
|3||5 to 10C||Tender||Grow outdoors in summer, and in a heated glasshouse in winter.|
|4||1 to 5C||Tender||Grow outdoors or under glass without risk of frost.|
|5||-5 to 1C||Half-Hardy||Hardy in coastal/mild/sheltered areas. Will not tolerate hard/sudden frost. May require winter protection in situ. such as fleece or straw mulch.|
|6||-10 to -5C||Hardy||May suffer at altitude, central/northerly locations, harsh winters, cold gardens and when grown in pots.|
|7||-15 to -10C+||Hardy||Will survive most severe winters but may be at risk in central/northerly locations and in pots. Top growth may be destroyed but will usually re-grow.|
|8||-20 to -15C||Hardy||Will survive severe winter, but may need protection when grown in pots.|
|9||-20C & Colder||Very Hardy / Hardy||in the severest European climates.|
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Originating from South Africa
Bulbous perennial with long, strap-shaped leaves, a green and black mottled stem (though sometimes this is plain green) bearing a large raceme, up to 20cm long, of star-shaped, pale green and purple flowers with a tuft of leaves on top resembling a pineapple. The flowers appear in midsummer, lasting until early autumn, followed by an interesting seed head, which lasts, along with the leaves until the first frosts. Don’t be surprised by the somewhat cabbagy smell.
Grow in fertile soil with good drainage in full sun. In frost prone areas cover with a winter mulch of straw or bracken.
Height and spread after 2 – 3 years 50cm x 20cm
Mature height and spread after 5 – 6 years 50cm x 60cm