A variegated selection by Ken Frieling here at the GHW of "False Thistle" with yellow marbled deeply cut leaf margins turning into rich patches of creamy ivory with age. Handsome foliage topped by spires of white bracts stained raspberry pink. A centerpiece in many international conservatories and display gardens since its introduction in the early 1980s, this brilliantly variegated shrub has recently gained a new group of admirers as a centerpiece in mixed urns and container gardens due to excellent photos appearing in several major horticulturally oriented magazines. Will always demand center stage and (due to the unforgiving foliage), considerable respect.
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.×