1st April 2012
I grew up with the British umbellifers, soft and sappy, occasionally poisonous but rather fluffy.
In the 1980's I was given a seedling of Aciphylla aurea which astonished me. A round cushion of
aggressive spiny leaves. Eventually it came up into flower and expired but not before it had stabbed a great number of people.
It was a wonderful thing though it inspired a certain amount of swearing.
When I was offered this seedling of Aciphylla dissecta I was delighted to grow a new one. Aciphylla dissecta
comes from the alpine regions of the Tararua Ranges in North Island, New Zealand. It isn't as spiky as my old friend
and I have warm feelings about it.