Nastanthus agglomeratus Miers / Coliflor del cerro
Coli-Flower seen between La Parva and El Cerro Plomo BC, Chile - Region V.
HABITAT : In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions:
Habitat according to altitude: Extreme altitude well beyond the timber line
High altitude close to the timber line
Watering conditions: The plant grows in water or it has its roots within a permanent water course. This corresponds to marshes, bogs, water courses, lake and river shores.
Humid areas, with almost constant rainfall. Short dry periods are possible (generally not longer than 1 month).
Somewhat dry areas where the drought may last 3 - 5 months. Precipitations of 400 - 800 mm. are concentrated in winter.
Light conditions: Fully exposed to the sun. Level areas or slopes facing north.
USDA Hardiness: Zone 7, even 6b.
The plant tolerates low temperatures (-15° C even -20° C), it can be covered by snow for months (1 - 8 months).