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Telanthophora grandifolia

Huge leaves!  The name of this awesome plant is Telanthophora grandifolia, although it might as well be called Dinosaur Dinner!  This oversized daisy relative certainly looks like something dinosaurs would munch on.  A native to cloud forests in southern Mexico, it grows to 18 feet tall, with massive leaves about 2 feet long.  It's sure to add a wacky, tropical look to your garden.  It is extremely rare in cultivation, and rarely seen for sale.

Telanthophora grandifolia

Telanthophora grandifolia is an evergreen plant that takes on a palm-like shape.  Here in San Francisco it grows to 18 feet tall, but you may prune it to 4 or 5 feet tall if you wish, and it will become a low, very leafy shrub.  The scalloped leaves tend to average 18-22 inches long, and can potentially grow 30 inches or more.  The stems of the new growth have cool "stubble", with big nubs that feel soft to the touch.  In winter, and occasionally other times of the year, the plant makes massive flower clusters up to 2 feet across.  The fragrant, bright yellow clusters appear at the top of each branch, adding nice splashes of winter color and scent.  This is a non-invasive species.

Telanthophora grandifolia

Telanthophora grandifolia comes from mid-elevations in Mexico where summer temperatures can get in the mid 80s (29 degrees C) and nights are cool.  I have no information on how much heat it can take, but it's certainly worth experimenting in warmer climates like Florida.  I don't know if it has much frost tolerance.  My guess is that it can take down to the mid-20s (-3 degrees C), with new growth sprouting from the base.  For best results, protect it from frost.  It likes some protection from strong afternoon sun.  It does not need a lot of sun to thrive.  It does need ample water.  Well-draining soil is best, and at least about 40% humidity.  In the right conditions, it's a vigorous and easy plant.

Telanthophora grandifolia

Telanthophora grandifolia

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