This is a highly unusual perennial that grows across Russia through China and Japan.
Plants are dimorphic having distinct spring and autumn flowering stages.
In spring, white and pink tinged aster-like flowers appear on short stems from stiff looking rosettes of leaves.
These initial flowers do not set seed. Towards autumn a second flush of flowers appear which possess the necessary equipment to produce fertile seed. These seed heads are fluffy and very attractive.
Related to Gerbera this is a hardy relative that shows none of the blousy characteristics of its cousins. Interesting and distinctly odd.
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