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The most strik­ing fea­ture of this plant is its young rosettes that de­velop at the base of the old flower spikes and look al­most as though the plant is pre­sent­ing its new plants to you on a plate. It’s a good ev­er­green plant for well-drained soil, with leath­ery leaves and dense, curved spikes of small, tubu­lar, blue flow­ers that face in the same di­rec­tion. It was dis­cov­ered by the East Ger­man botanist Wil­helm Schacht and first cul­ti­vated in the East Ger­man town of Jena by a Pro­fes­sor Sch­warz, af­ter whom it is named. I find it the best wulfe­nia for the gar­den, but it needs pro­tec­tion from se­vere frost. Height 30cm. Ori­gin South­east Europe. Con­di­tions Moist but well-drained soil; full sun and part shade. Har­di­ness RHS H4. Sea­son Spring – sum­mer.

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