24th October 2015
A Brazilian species from the state of Rio de Janiero where it was discovered growing in the Mount Itatiaia National Park at a elevation of 2100 - 2500m. First collected
and introduced by Curt Brade and Ynes Mexia in December 1934. It was recorded as growing at the edges of forests in well drained, rocky but humus rich soils. The small flowers
are not produced very freely but the plant seems to be fairly hardy and suckers from below ground so it would survive well if it was cut down by frost (though it has never happened here).
It has been suggested that it is resistant to Fuchsia Gall Mite.