Extremely aromatic "Root Beer Plant" or "False Sasparilla" Marvelous greenhouse plant with rigidly erect thick bamboo like stems supporting dramatic marvelously soft fragrant leaves. (Nonetheless, some of our customers tell us that they have grown it beautifully in a two gallon pot in their plant room.) These leaves play an important role in South American Andean cooking--a more pungent version of corn husks in Mexican cuisine. A wonderful and exotic specimen producing remarkably attractive pure white flower spikes only demanding reliable warmth and reasonable levels of humidity to become a dramatic punctuation mark in your collection. We have included a photo looking up into the canopy of this rapidly growing handsome giant in our greenhouses. Simply too wonderful not to have.
Some of you grow only indoors, some only in terrariums; many of you have hobby greenhouses; while a growing number of customers live in subtropical or tropical areas of the world. These brief codes are an attempt to suggest whether or not a particular plant will do well in your particular conditions.
If an entry has the cluster HP CGH, this means normal house plant culture will be successful if the plant is given a cool CGH moist location; however if the entry has the cluster CGH HP, you would interpret this to suggest that while Cool Greenhouse conditions are needed for total success with this plant, House Plant conditions will be adequate, while not ideal. If the cluster is HH CGH you would interpret this to mean that while in Zone 8 or below this will be winter hardy outdoor, further north it will need considerable mulch, a cold frame, or a Cool Greenhouse to thrive. And so on.×