Named for Andre Michaux (1746-1803), French collector, explorer and plantsman who collected this amongst many other beauties on a trip to Persia (Iran).
We're so glad he did as this is a stunner.
In early summer, tall spikes emerge from a rosette of hairy, rough green leaves. These bear panicles of white waxy flowers that appear to be caught in a wind tunnel.
The twisted petals curve backwards to display a bizarre squid like stigma.
A short lived perennial that dies after flowering (monocarpic) but will self seed.
Needs a hot, dry, sheltered position, staking and a dry winter mulch. Worth the effort .
Rare in the UK.
Photo: ShadiTawil from Wikimedia Commons
Hardy s.l.p / biennial
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