H. ciliata is one of those species which demand attention. It is not the easiest to grow, being susceptible to both under and overwatering, and also prone to scorching in direct sunlight. Further it seems to extremely reluctant to flower (at least in the UK).|
So why grow it? Well the leaves are soft and velvety with a covering of hairs and if you can get it to flower the flowers are stunning - deep purple (to the point of being almost black) with contrasting golden crowns and purple centres.
Photograph by : John Ellis
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