This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.
Size: 3 Litre potted plant
Position: full sun or partial shade
Soil: deep, permanently moist, humus-rich soil
Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
Flowering period: June
Hardiness: fully hardy - some protection may be required in harsh winters
A dramatic and very robust architectural plant, with massive rough textured rounded leaves held on strong, prickly stems that can grow up to 8 feet long. It bears thousands of small red-brown flowers on club shaped spikes up to 6 feet tall in the summer. One of the most spectacular plants that can be grown in Britain, it requires deep, permanently moist, humus-rich soil, lots of space and protection from cold, drying winds.
Plant care: Cut back the dying leaves in autumn. In frost-prone areas protect the crown of the plant with a dry winter mulch such