"Velvet Cloak Plant" Beautiful velvety rippled leaves, purple beneath, perched on elegant (eventually quite tall) woody stems; with time, expect modest purple flowers on the wand-like terminal spikes. Very showy although quite leggy if left on its own; so prune for the shape you desire or allow this exotic Acanthus to achieve the proportions of the standard (staking would be helpful) for which it is genetically programed. Nonetheless, for the consistent pruners among you, this can easily be kept in perfect proportions for the Wardian case (as does need reliable humidity levels to avoid damage to the exotic foliage) where it adds a major velveteen class act.
|Cultural Code||TGH HP|
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.×