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Cypella herbertii ssp. brevicristata

Small Goblet Flower

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Item #: 5059

Zones: 7a to 9b, at least

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun to Part Sun

Origin: Brazil, Uruguay

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?


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We have grown this exquisite goblet flower since 2002, and this is the first time we've had enough to offer, so don't miss this opportunity. Cypella herbertii ssp. brevicristata is an endangered endemic that hails from the grasslands and lightly shaded streamsides in Northern Uruguay along the Brazilian border, where is resides in deep, wet alluvial soils. Despite this wetland habitat, it has thrived for over 15 years in our dry, sunny rock garden, where it grows among cacti. We think it deserves species status, since it's so different from typical Cypella herbertii ssp. herbertii, by having much smaller flowers that are bright yellow compared to the more typical orange flowers of the species. From the short basal pleated leaves arise pencil-lead sized, 2' tall flowering stalks, topped with sprays of three-petaled bright yellow flowers, each with an intricate pattern inside the base. Our plants flower heaviest in May and June, with a new flush of flowers in late summer and fall. We think Cypella herbertii ssp. brevicristata is absolutely delightful!

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