This member of the Cactaceae (Cactus) family hails from Southern Chile. It grows at high altitude (1500 m+) in extremely xeric regions of Patagonia mainly in volcanic ashfields in subalpine forests, thin grassland and stony plateaux. The foliage is formed by a dense mass of dark green, cylindrical and prickly needle-like leaves. It keeps its leaves in the winter. 15 cm x 1 m. Beautiful, large, soft, satiny, lemon-yellow flowers in late spring, apparently. This plant is courtesy of Mike – our local seaweed expert with an unbridled passion for cacti – preferably from seed.
Mike gave this to me Christmas 2016. I put it in a pot looking for a nice hot sun, crappy soil spot. But I do have a lot of shade and nice rich thick loam. Hmmmm. It survived the Winter of 17 (shudder) without a blink. So time to find it a spot. Ahh, right where a few Hebes bit the dust this winter. Fingers crossed we see flowers soon.