A very densely tufted perennial herb forming large tussocks where it is planted in enclosures and on walls. Lowland.
P. flabellata was first cultivated in Britain in 1844, being introduced to Shetland for basket making. There are, apparently, no records of plants genuinely growing in the wild.
Native of southern S. America.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.