PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).
|Agave-leaved sea holly|
|This most unusual and exotic looking plant looks as though it should need a heated conservatory to survive, but it is in fact quite hardy. A straight stem topped with clusters of spiky, greenish-white flower heads grows from a pineapple-like rosette of fleshy, toothed leaves. The picture really does not do this plant justice - I'll try to take a better one next summer!|
|Sowing and/or growing instructions|
|The trick with these seeds is to avoid heat, whch can deepen domancy. Sow outside in a sheltered spot, cold greenhouse or cold frame, on the surface of good quality compost, which should be kept damp and cold at all times, covering to their own depth with a little compost or fine vermiculite. Germination can take many months, so do not discard the pot. Transfer seedlings into individual pots and grow on until large enough to plant out. Tip: One of my cats broke a developing rosette off one of my plants this spring, so I potted it into a gritty compost and it soon rooted.|