The Eastern Himalayas is the home of this vigorous architectural plant, which may self-seed when happy. From a dense filigree of fern-like grey-green foliage sprout thick, crunchy, dividing brittle stems carrying masses of red-tipped ivory flowers.
Seeds are best sown in winter or early spring as they benefit from a cold spell in the wet compost after sowing to break their dormancy. They may also be sown at any time, and if the seeds do not come up within 4 or 5 weeks, the damp seed tray can be given cold treatment in a fridge for about four weeks. These seeds may still take several months to appear so please keep the pot or tray safely.